The nationwide vaccination campaign for the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine will begin on September 7.
“Campaign for administering second dose of the coronavirus vaccine will begin on September 7,” Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said.
The event was organised to distribute ventilators gifted by Bangladeshi expatriates in USA to tackle the pandemic situation in Bangladesh. The health directorate has taken initiative to distribute
300 ventilators among hospitals.
"More vaccines will arrive before the start of second dose campaign. So, there will be no problem in arranging the second dose," the DGHS chief added.
Asked whether the second dose could be received without SMS, he said that a meeting on the issue will decide immediately and the detailed information will be provided afterwards in a DGHS press release.
"We conducted this vaccination campaign as a pilot programme to study our abilities whether we are able to run vaccination drive in big volume," Khurshid Alam said.
The DG of DGHS hoped that everyone who has been vaccinated with the first dose will get a second dose in the upcoming inoculation campaign.
"We have 3.5 million shots in hand and another 5 million Sinopharm vaccines will arrive on 30 August, which will be enough to vaccinate them all," he added.
Earlier, the government rolled out the countrywide coronavirus vaccination campaign on August 7 to bring the people at the union level under the immunisation coverage in a short time.
Later on 23 August, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said the country is unlikely to go for any mass immunisation drive and on-spot vaccine registration in the upcoming months.
The health directorate sources said at present, around 1.66 crore citizens are on the second shot waiting list, while 1.5 crore people after online registration are yet to get the first shot.