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Walk-in vaccination: Demand continues to outstrip supply

  • Published at 05:47 pm August 10th, 2021
Large number of people wait in line to get their Covid-19 vaccine card from the office of a Dhaka ward councillor on Sunday, August 8, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Vaccine seekers refuse to leave centres even when told there are insufficient doses

On the fourth day of the walk-in vaccination program, vaccine centres once again could not provide doses for everyone as the number of vaccine seekers continued to be far higher than the number of doses in stock at the booths.

The Dhaka district health authorities decided to run the walk-in vaccination campaign at centres in both city corporations, while regular vaccination would be conducted at designated district-level centres.

Dr Abu Hussain Md Moinul Ahsan, civil surgeon of Dhaka, told the media the walk-in vaccination was no longer being conducted in districts outside Dhaka city, as they had already reached the targets of the mass vaccination program.

Also Read- Health Minister: Bangladesh will get 5.4 million more Covid vaccine doses by August 15

Bangladesh launched the six-day mass vaccination campaign on Saturday with the aim of vaccinating 3.2 million people with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on the first day. The country managed to vaccinate 2.7 million people on the first day, and the total number of people vaccinated through the program crossed 3.5 million on the second day. 

Md Lavlu, a staff member of a public university, said he went to Arambagh High School and College and stood in the queue at 5:30am. Inoculation started at 9am and he received the vaccine at around 1pm.

People anxiously wait outside the vaccination centre set up at the Sadeque Hossain Khoka Community Centre in the capital’s Gopibagh area on Sunday, August 8, 2021 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

“I finally managed to get the vaccine after two days of struggle. I could not get it [on Monday] as they had run out of stock,” he added.

Khalilur Rahman, in his 60s, said he had been coming to the Rayer Bazar Community Centre since Sunday and he had still not received the jab. On Tuesday, he joined the queue at 5am.

A health worker at the Rayer Bazar Community Centre said: “We only get 350 doses, and a far greater number of people come and stand in the queue. If we tell some of them to leave because we know we will run out of doses before we get to them, they get angry and create chaos.

Also Read- Shortage of doses, endless lines at vaccination centres

“Because of this, we are waiting till we run out of vaccines to tell them about it,” he added.

In another development, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued a circular to the effect that the government had decided to stop administering the first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine from August 12.

People stand in a queue to receive Covid vaccine at an inoculation centre in Rangpur as Bangladesh takes its vaccination drive to the grassroots on August 7, 2021 | Dhaka Tribune

At Mymensingh City Corporation, a total 61,921 people received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine against a target of 59,400 from Saturday to Monday, according to Mymensingh City Corporation Public Relations Officer Sheikh Mahabul Hossain Razib. 

According to the DGHS, 14,769,447 people have so far been vaccinated with first doses, while 4,902,173 have received the second dose as well.

Some city corporations stop campaigns due to lack of stock

Anjuman Ara, chief health officer of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC), on Tuesday announced that all vaccination in the city had been suspended due to a lack of vaccine stock. 

Inoculation will resume when more vaccines are available, according to a post on the RCC Facebook page.

Earlier on Sunday the RCC authorities suspended vaccination campaigns at the ward level. In a space of two days (Saturday and Sunday), 78,873 people received their first doses.

Law enforcement personnel keep tabs on a crowd of Covid vaccine recipients at a makeshift inoculation centre in Tangail on August 7, 2021 | Dhaka Tribune

Sylhet City Corporation’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jahidul Islam said the corporation finished its vaccination drive on Monday. From Saturday to Monday, a total of 66,000 people were vaccinated with the first dose, against a target of 60,000 in six days.

Dr Sheikh Mostafa, chief health officer of Narayanganj City Corporation, also said that the corporation had met its vaccination target by Monday.

Also Read- Government to stop first dose jab of Moderna vaccine from Thursday

However, Barisal City Corporation Chief Health Officer Dr Robiul Islam said the vaccination campaign would continue at centres in 30 wards as they were yet to run out of vaccine stock.

Dr Kamruzzaman Taz, chief health officer of Rangpur City Corporation, said the corporation administered the walk-in vaccination campaign only on Saturday and inoculated 22,200 people with the first dose. The regular vaccination campaign was still operational at the Rangpur Medical College Hospital centre.

Khulna City Corporation health official Dr Swapan Halder said that the walk-in vaccination drive had been conducted on Saturday and regular vaccination was operational at four centres. A total of 18,600 people got their first jabs at 93 centres on Saturday.

Dr Selim Akter Chowdhury, chief health officer of Chittagong City Corporation, said the CCC also ran the campaign only on Saturday and had vaccinated 36,735 people with the first dose in 41 wards.

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