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People with controlled chronic disease can receive Covid-19 vaccines

The vaccination drive is underway at 50 hospitals in Dhaka city and 1,005 hospitals outside the capital starting from 8am till 2.30pm

Update : 10 Feb 2021, 10:24 PM

People with controlled chronic diseases, taking homeopathic and or traditional medicine can now receive the Covid-19 vaccine, an official release said on Wednesday.

Apart from controlled chronic diseases, people with controlled respiratory disease also would be eligible for receiving coronavirus inoculations, it said adding along with a priority group of people, different professionals including teachers at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, cleaners and transport workers will also be able to get the vaccine, the statement read.

The health authorities said there are mild side effects including light fever, headache, body pain and vomiting of the vaccine.

People have been registered through visiting http://www.surokkha.gov.bd website to receive Covid-19 vaccination. Emergency hotline numbers for taking vaccines are 16263, 333 and 10655.

Health Ministry sources said people aged 40 years and above will be allowed to receive Covid-19 vaccines.

The vaccination drive is underway at 50 hospitals in Dhaka city and 1,005 hospitals outside the capital starting from 8am till 2.30pm, but some hospitals will continue the vaccination programme throughout the day.

The inoculation would be administered among people in government hospitals up to upazila level while 9.7 lakh people so far have registered to be inoculated, according to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

According to an earlier decision by the government, people aged 55 and above are only eligible for taking vaccines but the decision has been revised a day after launching of the countrywide Covid-19 vaccination campaign on February 8. 

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