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8.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in Bangladesh

  • Published at 08:04 pm April 29th, 2021
​​​​File photo: A vial of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is seen at a vaccination center, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Ronquieres, Belgium April 6, 2021_ Reuters
​​​​File photo of a vial of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine Reuters

Till Thursday, nearly 7.25 million people have registered to receive Covid-19 vaccines in the country

More than 8.6 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered till now, since the countrywide vaccination campaign began on February 7. 

As of Thursday, more than 5.8 million have received the vaccine, of whom 2.8 million have received both the shots, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

A total of 8,625,350 vaccine doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India, have been administered in Bangladesh till now.  

The government has been providing the vaccine for free.

Administering first dose of the vaccine has been halted due to a shortage of doses after India banned export of the vaccine to meet their own demand. Still, 30 people were administered the first dose on Thursday.

Including those 30, a total of 119,101 doses of the vaccine were administered on Thursday.

Bangladesh has also approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use.

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People aged 40 years and above can get registered to receive Covid-19 vaccines, the health ministry sources said.

Till 2:30pm on Thursday, nearly 7.25 million people have registered to take the Covid-19 vaccine jab in the country, said DGHS sources.

“The vaccination drive was conducted at 50 hospitals in Dhaka city and 1,005 hospitals outside the capital,” the DGHS said, adding that the immunization program will begin at 8am and continue till 2:30pm every day.

People have been asked to register through visiting www.surokkha.gov.bd website to receive Covid-19 vaccines. 

Emergency hotline numbers for receiving information on vaccination are 16263, 333 and 10655.