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Mass vaccination: High turnout across country

Rush of vaccine seekers in Dhaka, but centres remain orderly

Update : 08 Sep 2021, 10:25 PM

Temporary vaccination centres in Dhaka experienced a massive rush for the second consecutive day in the second round of the country's first ever walk-in vaccination program on Wednesday.

Vaccine recipients at booths across the country showed more calm, and centre officials said people received their second doses in a timely manner. Our district correspondents confirmed that the scene was much the same across the rest of the country.

According to data provided by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS),  853,373 people received their second dose across the country on Wednesday. Among them, the highest 277,941 people received their second doses in Dhaka division, followed by 134,425 in Rajshahi and 123,264 in Chittagong.

Earlier, 2,791,028 people received their second dose across the country on Tuesday. Chittagong division topped the list with over 600,000 doses administered, while over 590,000 people in Dhaka division received their second dose.

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At several centres in Mohammadpur and Dhanmondi in the morning, long and orderly queues were seen. Some vaccine seekers said they had been waiting patiently since 6am.

Rasel Mia, a resident of Mohammadia Housing Limited, said he had come to the centre three hours before the start of the vaccination process as he wished to finish it quickly and get to his office.

“Still, I am after 30 people who arrived even earlier,” he added.

Abul Kalam Azad, supervisor of the Mohammadpur Government Primary School centre, said a large number of people had rushed there to get the vaccine but there was no indiscipline.

“People were calm and orderly, so we were able to finish vaccinations long before 5pm,” he added.

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The same situation was found at centres in Mirpur and Mugda.

Meanwhile, our correspondents from Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barishal, quoting health officials, reported that there was a steady flow of vaccine seekers at the centres, but there were no crowds.

Raisul Hasan, an employee of a private company in Rajshahi, said he came to the vaccination centre at around 1pm as he had been informed by an acquaintance that there was no rush at the centres. 

“My friend was right, I had no trouble getting the vaccine in the afternoon,” he added.

Chief Health Officer of Rajshahi City Corporation Dr FAM Anjuman Ara Begum said the number of second dose recipients on the second day had been satisfactory and that she had noticed the lack of crowds.

Health officials in Barishal and Sylhet also said there were no problems and doses were administered efficiently.

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