The second dose can be taken anytime between eight and 12 weeks from the first dose, DGHS says
The health authorities have said there is no scope to change the vaccination centre at the moment as the second dose of vaccine has to be administered where the first dose was received.
They said the vaccine-receivers will get the vaccine certificate after taking the second shot from the same centre, reports Bangla Tribune.
The issue comes to the surface as many individuals who received their first jab and have been stranded far away from their vaccination centres due to the ongoing strict lockdown, enquired about whether they can take the second shot at different centres or not.
Bangladesh is undergoing an eight-day strict lockdown from April 14 with restrictions on operations of all modes of public transport, to contain the spread of coronavirus infections.
Earlier, the government enforced restrictions on April 5.
Since April 8, the health authorities have been administering its second phase of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine two months after the first dose was given.
Directorate General of Health Services Additional Director General (Planning and Development) Meerjady Sabrina Flora told Bangla Tribune that the second dose can be taken anytime between eight and 12 weeks from the first dose and people need not to worry.
She said that there is no opportunity to take the second shot in another centre and changing of the vaccination centre will create pressure on the system now.
Vaccine-receivers will face problems in getting the vaccine card if their centres are not changed officially, said Meerjady, also the head of the Covid-19 Vaccine Preparedness and Deployment Core Committee.
"If the lockdown is extended further, we will take steps then. As we have 12 weeks' time after the first dose, we can wait until then."
As of April 18, the number receivers of the vaccine first dose was 5,714,090.
Besides, a total of 1,366,609 people received the second dose of the vaccine.