Second dose of mass vaccination: Centres in Dhaka overwhelmed with long queues

The vaccination centres across the country are teeming with people gathered to receive the second dose of coronavirus vaccines in a mass inoculation drive launched on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s birthday.

A special campaign to administer the second dose to more than 6.6million people, aged 25 and above, started across the country on Thursday with large crowds gathered at centers in unions, upazlias and district towns.

Temporary inoculation stations have been set up in each of the vaccination centres at the 129 wards of the two city corporations in Dhaka in order to accommodate the turnover.

Hundreds of people queued at the Amulia Government Primary School in Dhaka South city on Thursday morning. 

According to the centre supervisor, Al Amin, the drive started late at 9:30am instead of the scheduled 8am as the vaccines, coming in from Mugda General Hospital, were delayed. 

The scenario was the same at the Ward 74 temporary inoculation centre in the south city.

Salma Akhter, a housewife from Nandipara, said that she had registered for the vaccine in mid August but hadn’t received any message, which is why she took her shot during mass drive at the local councillor’s office.

“It feels safer to take the vaccine, given how the virus is spreading,” she said.

Meanwhile, long queues were seen at the centres in Khilgaon, South Goran and Sipahibag Health Complex.

However, despite the mass crowd, everything was in order. 

According to Arafat Hossain, a volunteer, those coming for the second dose have all received a sms.

South City Corporation spokesperson Md Abu Naser told Bangla Tribune that all the 75 wards have been instructed to carry out the drive in an organized manner. 

Moreover, three additional vaccination centres have been set up in addition to the existing 54 in Dhaka North city, where around 1,000 people will be vaccinated.

According to North City Corporation’s Chief Health Officer Md Jobaidur Rahman, they will try to inoculate everyone by Thursday but if anyone is left out they can receive their doses on Saturday.

The government launched a nationwide, day-long mass vaccination campaign on September 28,  with a target to inoculate 7.5 million people on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's birthday.

The government prepared 80,000 health workers including 48,059 volunteers to make the countrywide vaccination campaign a success.

As of September 27, a little over 24.88 million people received the first shot while nearly 16.50 million have been fully vaccinated.

Bangladesh set a target to vaccinate 80% of the country's population by 2022 under an accelerated inoculation campaign, expecting receipt of required Covid-19 jabs within estimated timeline.

Bangladesh has so far approved eight Covid-19 vaccines to control the deadly disease.

The approved Covid-19 vaccines are from Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, CoronaVac, Pfizer, Covishield, Sputnik V, AstraZeneca and Sinopharm.

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