Some 34% of the 70% of the country’s population targeted for Covid vaccination will be inoculated with vaccines received at the Covax facility, gifts from different countries.
The government of Bangladesh has so far reached an agreement for 32 crore doses of Covid vaccine – including purchase, gifts from China, India and other countries and Covax facilities – which will reach the country in phases until April 2022.
“As we have no shortage of vaccines, we have started giving booster doses to more than 60 people, health workers, front-line people and Covid patients before the outbreak of the Omicron variety of Covid-19 “, said the principal secretary of the Ministry of Health, Lokman Hossain Miah, during the inaugural ceremony. booster doses.
The government has so far bought 21 crore of vaccine doses worth around Tk 19,000 crore and the country will get 11 crore of vaccine doses as part of the Covax facility, he adds. .
Lokman Hossain further said that 6 crore of vaccine doses would remain after fully inoculating 70% of the population as per the government’s target.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque said Bangladesh needs an additional 13 crores of Covid vaccine doses due to inoculation of 70% of the population by April next year. For this, 6.55 crore of vaccine doses will arrive in the country during this month and 9 crore of additional doses by April 2022.
“Bangladesh received 1.78 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, donated by the US government via Covax. With this shipment, the American people donated 18.5 million doses of vaccine to Bangladesh,” may – read Sunday in a press release from the American Embassy.
France donated 1,197,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh on Sunday as part of Covax.
According to data from the Health Services Branch, Bangladesh has so far received 17 crore in vaccine doses – including Covax purchase, gifts and installation.
So far, over 6.82 crore doses of vaccine have been given as the first dose and over 4.56 crore doses have been given as the second dose, he adds.
Booster doses in 64 districts after next week
Runu Veronica Costa, head nurse at Kurmitola General Hospital and the first person vaccinated against Covid-19 in Bangladesh in January this year, has become the first person to receive a booster dose in the country.
At the inauguration of the booster program on Sunday, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said the certification of the booster dose of Covid-19 remained on hold while the Surokkha app was being updated.
“According to the Ministry of ICT, the application will be updated by December 28,” he adds.
About 60 people, including ministers, police and journalists, received booster doses at the auditorium of the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons.
On that day, five ministers – Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr AK Abdul Momen, Minister of Law Anisul Huq, Minister of Health Zahid Maleque, Minister of Fisheries and Livestock SM Rezaul Karim and, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mustafa Jabbar – received the booster doses.
After observing the health status of the booster dose recipients, the booster doses will be administered in 64 districts to frontline workers and the elderly, who received their second dose at least six months ago after the week. next.
There is no need to register further, and eligible people will receive text messages for the booster doses once the Surokkha app is updated.
Bangladesh on Sunday reported one death from Covid and 211 new cases in the past 24 hours.
With this, the death toll reached 28,048 and the number of cases rose to 1,581,083 in the country.