People received Covid-19 vaccine in a festive mood across the country under a special vaccination campaign on Tuesday, marking the birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The government conducted the special drive to inoculate 75 lakh people on the occasion of the 75th birthday of the Prime Minister. Earlier, the health ministry set a target to inoculate 75 lakh people under the special vaccination campaign and five lakh under the regular programme.
However, breastfeeding mothers and pregnant mothers were not given the vaccine in the campaign.
The vaccination campaign started on 9:00am and lasted till afternoon to reach the target. The EPI vaccination programme also continues simultaneously during the special vaccination campaign against the coronavirus.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) set a target to inoculate around 1,500 in union parishad vaccination centres, 500 in each ward in municipality area and 1,000 in each ward in metropolitan city area.
The vaccine seekers who were registered online got SMS from the health directorate and received the vaccine, showing their vaccine cards in their respective centres.
One vaccination booth was set up in a ward in each union parishad, one centre in each ward of municipality area and one centre in each ward in city area.
A total of around 80,000 workers, including 32,406 government workers and 48,059 volunteers conducted the vaccination campaign, the sources added.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) vaccinated around 57, 202 people with the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on the occasion of the prime minister’s birthday.
The DNCC administered a total of around 28,500 doses of vaccine in 54 wards. And the DSCC administered 28,702 doses vaccines in 75 wards.
Meanwhile, around 3,000 residents of three slums in the capital also received their first dose of the vaccine, marking the birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The dwellers of Karail slum in Banani, Sattala in Mohakhali and Bhashantek slum in Mirpur were brought under the special vaccination campaign.
Around 1,000 residents from each of the three slums were given the vaccine on the day.