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Inoculation of transgender people underway in Chittagong

  • Published at 08:38 pm November 22nd, 2021
Vaccination-Chittagong Civil Surgeon's conference room
A total of 350 transgender people were vaccinated at the Chittagong Civil Surgeon's conference room on Monday, November 22, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Those receiving their first dose of the Covid vaccine on Monday were very happy to be part of the program and thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the initiative

Members of the third gender started receiving Covid-19 vaccines in Chittagong on Monday.

Until now, due to NID and birth registration complications, these people have been missing out on their chance to get vaccinated while the rest of the general population received their shots with relative ease.

However, as it stands, the health department has overcome this obstacle and managed to bring the marginal community under a special inoculation drive.

And on the first day, a total of 350 transgender people were vaccinated at the Chittagong Civil Surgeon's conference room.

Chittagong Divisional Health Office Director Dr Hasan Shahriar Kabir inaugurated the program as its chief guest. 

Dr Hasan Shahriar Kabir said: “Along with men and women, we've also brought the members of the third gender under the vaccination campaign.” 

Similarly, other marginalized communities would also  be inoculated under the same special campaign, he added.

Chittagong District Civil Surgeon Dr Ilias Chowdhury said inoculating people of the third gender was a huge success. 

“A total of 350 people were vaccinated on the first day. Our target is to inoculate at least 1,000 transgender people in several phases,” he added.

Those that received their first dose have been provided with a vaccine card and will receive their second dose in two months’ time, he also added. 

Meanwhile, those receiving their first dose of the Covid vaccine on Monday were very happy to be part of the program and thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the initiative. 

“We thank the government for giving us the opportunity to get vaccinated without the need of NID or birth registration,” said Falguni, president Surjer Alo, an association of transgender people.

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