Bangladesh resumes vaccination with Sinopharm from Saturday
Published : Friday, 18 June, 2021 at 9:29 PM Count : 260
The Directorate of Health will resume vaccination programme from Saturday (June 19).
The first doses of vaccine will be administered using the Sinopharm's vaccine gifted by the Chinese government. Ten types of people have been selected to qualify for receiving the vaccine. Besides, directive has been issued to refrain from administering the vaccine to six categories of people.
The Sinopharm vaccine will be administered at four medical college hospitals in Dhaka district. The hospitals are: Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital and Mugda Medical College Hospital. A vaccination centre will be set up at each of these hospitals where there will be two booths.
Besides, there will be a single vaccination centre in each district where there will be two booths. However, booths will have to be operated on the basis of the number of vaccine recipients. A single booth can be operated for 150-200 recipients. If the number crosses 200, there will be two booths.
Directive has also been given to administer the vaccine from 8:00am to 3:00pm everyday, except Fridays and government holidays.
Second dose after four weeks
The gap between the first dose and second dose of vaccine is 4 weeks or 28 days. Besides, the Directorate of Health has asked to arrange the vaccination management like the past.
China has gifted Bangladesh 11 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine. Of those, 30,000 doses were given for the Chinese nationals working in Bangladesh. The rest 10.70 lakh doses of vaccine will be administered to 5,35,000 people of the country.
It may be mentioned that the 5 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine arrived in Bangladesh from China on May 12. Later on June 13, the second consignment of 6 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine gifted by China arrived in Bangladesh. Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka assured that as a development partner Bangladesh would continue to receive vaccine support from China to prevent coronavirus.