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People over 40 can now register for Covid-19 vaccination

  • Published at 01:55 pm February 8th, 2021
Vaccine campaign Bangladesh
File photo: A healthcare worker prepares to administer a dose of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Vaccine campaign gains momentum on the second day of the national wide program

The nationwide vaccination campaign gained some momentum as 46,509 people were administered the vaccine on the second day of the campaign on Monday.

Altogether 78,273 people have now been vaccinated in the country, with 31,170 people being vaccinated on the first day of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the government has opened online registration on www.surokkha.gov.bd for people aged over 40. Family members of frontline fighters who are over 18 years old are also eligible to take the vaccine now.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque has verbally instructed the authorities concerned to ensure their vaccination, said the ministry’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Maidul Islam.

The ministers said that the prime minister had given such instructions in the cabinet meeting on Monday, Maidul added.

Initially, the government planned to inoculate only the prioritized, frontline workers and everyone aged over 55.

After the cabinet meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said: “The prime minister said if anyone is unable to register, they will be assisted to register if they go to the vaccination point with their national ID card (NID). Everyone in the villages can go to the Union Digital Center for registration.” 

She urged everyone to get vaccinated. It would be possible to control the coronavirus situation if everyone gets vaccinated, he added.

"Everyone who has been vaccinated so far is healthy. The ministers who have been vaccinated are aged, but they are doing well. The prime minister has called for more publicity to reduce the fear of vaccines,” said the cabinet secretary.

According to reports from Dhaka Tribune district correspondents, most people who have gone to vaccination centres so far are either health professionals or people over the age of 55. Some vaccine seekers incorrectly believed that they had completed their registration and were turned away after long waits.

71 people feel minor side effects on second day

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 71 out of the over 46,000 people vaccinated on the second day felt some minor side effects. All of them have now recovered.

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A total of 92 people reported minor side effects over the first two days of the campaign, but there have been no major incidents.

The Rajshahi Divisional Health Director told Dhaka Tribune some people had reported pain in the part of the body where they received the shot.

Dr Mizanur Rahman, director (MIS) of DGHS, said the pain was accompanied by mild fever and other minor adverse effects in some cases.

A total of 512,005 people had completed online registration for the vaccine as of 6:30pm on Monday, DGHS said.

BNP leader Barrister Mahabub Hossain Khokon took his first jab on Monday afternoon and urged people to follow suit as he had felt no side effects even after five hours of taking the vaccine.

DGHS Dhaka Divisional Office Director Dr Belal Hossain said the number of vaccine takers was on the rise as they were being encouraged by seeing political leaders and VIPs taking the vaccine, and he called for more awareness campaigns so that people registered.

Effective campaign on registration process needed

Several vaccine seekers said that more effective campaigns on the registration process were needed, so that people were not turned away when they were expecting the vaccine.

Mumin Abdul Malek, a Rayer Bazar resident, rushed to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College (ShSMC) for his first dose of the vaccine on Monday. When asked for proof that he had completed registration, Mumin showed vaccination centre staff an SMS with a One Time Password (OTP) that he had not entered. 

“I thought I had completed registration. I did not know that I had to complete even more steps.  If campaigns on the registration process were clearer, I would not have had to wait here for two hours before returning home empty handed,” the 59-year-old said.

Freedom Fighter Nurul Islam said he had to get help from the vaccination centre staff to complete registration after failing to do so by himself for two days.

“Registration is a difficult task for some people, and the government should conduct clear campaigns to show people how they can register,” he added.

DGHS Additional Director General Prof Nasima Sultana told Dhaka Tribune the authorities were aware of the campaign issue and were now allowing on-site registration as well as on-the-spot vaccination, if required. 

“We cannot let elderly people suffer just because they have less technological knowledge or some other difficulties,” she added.


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