Health authorities say they aim to give 7.5 million Covid vaccine shots in a day
A nationwide mass vaccination campaign began Tuesday with a target to inoculate 7.5 million people on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's birthday.
"The mass vaccination campaign started from 9am and it will continue till the target is fulfilled," said Director General of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam.
"Nearly 25 million people, who got registered, are waiting forreceiving Covid-19 vaccines... among the registered people, we have targeted to inoculate 7.5 million people," he added.
Registration is mandatory to receive coronavirus vaccines during the day-long vaccination campaign, Alam said, adding, "Roughly 0.5 million people are being vaccinated daily... meaning nearly 8 million people will be immunized Tuesday ."
The day-long vaccination campaign may be extended, if the vaccination drive is hampered in any remote or hard-to-reach areas due to rough weather, the DGHS chief added.
During the campaign, people will receive the first dose of coronavirus vaccine and they will be given the second dose of inoculation on October 28, he added.
The DGHS sources said people aged 25 and above will be vaccinated Tuesday .
The government has prepared 80 thousand health workers including 48,059 volunteers to make the countrywide vaccination campaign a success, he added.
Bangladesh has been lauded globally to control Covid-19 pandemic as the country has intensified its multiple efforts including vaccination and improving the healthcare system to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
As of September 27, a little over 24.88 million people received the first shot while nearly 16.50 million have been fully vaccinated.
The number of people who got them registered so far is 44,819,503, according to the DGHS.
According to the health ministry, the government has decided to purchase 165 million more Covid-19 vaccines from China and other countries to expedite the countrywide vaccination campaign.
Bangladesh set a target to vaccinate the country's 80% population by 2022 under an accelerated inoculation campaign, expecting receipt of required Covid-19 jabs within estimated timeline, it added.
Bangladesh has so far approved eight Covid-19 vaccines to control the deadly disease.
The approved Covid-19 vaccines are from Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, CoronaVac, Pfizer, Covishield, Sputnik V, AstraZeneca and Sinopharm.