CMCH Director Brig Gen SM Humayun Kabir said that the inoculation drive would continue at four booths of the hospital
The much-awaited Covid-19 inoculation drive has begun in Chittagong along with the rest of the country.
Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury Nowfel formally inaugurated the vaccination drive at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) by taking the first shot of the vaccine at 11am on Sunday.
Later, CMCH Director Brig Gen SM Humayun Kabir, Chittagong Divisional Director (Health) Dr Hasan Shahriar Kabir and Chittagong Civil Surgeon Dr Sheikh Fazle Rabbi also took the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine shot at the inaugural ceremony.
They were kept under observation for half an hour after taking the vaccine jabs.
“I will urge people not to pay heed to any rumour or propaganda over the vaccine. All have to be encouraged to take the vaccine. The registration procedures will be eased gradually. Initially, people above 55 years are given priority for the vaccination. People of other age groups will be given vaccines afterwards,” Mohibul said while speaking to the media after taking the vaccine.
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CMCH Director Brig Gen SM Humayun Kabir said that the inoculation drive would continue at four booths of the hospital.
Chittagong Divisional Director (Health) Dr Hasan Shahriar Kabir the Covid-19 vaccines have been sent to all districts and upazilas of the division.
On January 31, a total of 456,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine reached Chittagong Civil Surgeon office.
As many as 154,905 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been allocated for the port city dwellers. The remaining 301,095 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been distributed among 14 upazilas under Chittagong.
Bangladesh is using the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine which has been manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. The government has purchased 30 million doses of the vaccine from the Serum Institute of India.
It has already received a total of seven million doses of the vaccine, including two million free doses from the Indian government.
Besides, the country is expected to receive 12.5 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the first half of 2021 under Covax.
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