Fakirhat, in Bagerhat district, overtook 494 other upazilas in the country to become the first where 100 percent of its eligible population received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine – a remarkable achievement at a time when countries around the world are struggling to convince people to get vaccinated against Covid.
Fakirhat on Thursday became the first upazila to inoculate 100 percent of its eligible population with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
In this upazila of 1.63 lakh inhabitants, for months, day after day, long and orderly lines formed outside the vaccination centers.
Students, teachers, farmers, potters – young and old, rich and poor, highly educated and barely educated – stood at the call of their names; then came back weeks later for the second dose.
âFakirhat is the first upazila in Bangladesh to have 100 percent immunized all eligible population. It is quite an achievement. We will use Fakirhat’s experience in other upazilas across the country, âsaid Lokman Hossain Miah, senior secretary of the Health Services Division, said today speaking to a program in upazila.
âAll eligible people of the target group over 12 years old in Fakirhat have been vaccinated. About 1.63 lakh people live here. Out of an eligible population of 126,000 in upazila, 120,000 people have been vaccinated and 6,000 people have been vaccinated. residents living outside the upazila also received an injection, making it 100 percent vaccination, âsaid Fakirhat upazila parishad chairman Swapan Kumar Das.
Swapan attributed the success to several campaigns, including mega immunization campaigns, special camps for the elderly, door-to-door campaigns and the engagement of public leaders at all levels.
âWe need 27 crore in vaccine doses. The government bought 21 crore in vaccine. In addition, it received 10 crore in doses as a gift,â Lokman said.
“We have started giving booster doses to people over the age of 60 and want to fully immunize 100 percent of the target population against Covid-19 by March,” said Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, additional director general of the health department, during the program. .
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Bangladesh launched a nationwide immunization program on February 7 to immunize 80 percent of the population in three phases.
The country now administers vaccines developed by five companies – AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
It has administered at least 125,630,679 doses of Covid vaccines to date, including 43,004 boosters.
The country is now recording 361 new infections on average each day, 3% of the peak – the highest daily average reported on August 3.
Since the start of the Covid pandemic, it has recorded 1,584,811 contaminations and 28,070 deaths linked to Covid, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.
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Even before Omicron’s arrival, Bangladesh was unable to completely fend off Covid. It continued to circulate around the country – albeit at a much slower pace – putting an end to any notion that current vaccine doses alone will stop the virus.
However, the vaccine changed everything. Today we are still seeing cases of Covid, but they are mild.
Covid vaccines cannot offer 100% protection, but when more people are injected, the virus is less likely to infect and spread.