Registration service to continue after February 5. Health minister to be vaccinated on February 7
The Directorate General of Health Services has said no one will be able to receive vaccine for Covid-19 in the country without registration.
DGHS Director General Dr ABM Khurshid Alam made the announcement while addressing the media after holding a meeting with directors of different hospitals on the preparedness for the vaccination campaign, in Dhaka on Wednesday.
He also said the registration service will be an on-going process and continue after February 5, mentioning that a total of 74,000 people have registered, till Wednesday morning, to receive their jabs.
The DGHS chief also informed that as the countrywide inoculation campaign begins on February 7; he himself along with the health minister and DGHS officials will be administered with the vaccines on the first day.
He also said the government is also carrying out a mass media campaign, including making announcements using loudspeakers in villages and enabling public representatives, to motivate the general public for the vaccination.
Officials said nearly 30,000 people got registered by Monday afternoon, and the number jumped by more than 10,000 within 24 hours till Tuesday afternoon.
Experts, however, say the number is low, given that the government has set a target of vaccinating 6 million people in the first month.
People who are eligible and willing to be vaccinated in the first phase must enrol themselves into the vaccination program by completing registration by February 5, said Principal Secretary to The Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Kaikaus.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said there is no alternative to vaccination for eradicating the novel coronavirus from the country.
On January 27-28, a total of 567 people, mostly healthcare workers from five hospitals in the capital, were vaccinated.
Addressing people's representatives and government officials, the minister said: "We urge them to join the vaccination program."
He also mentioned that the leaders of the Bangladesh Medical Association and Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad will take vaccines on February 7.
Support for online registration will be provided at the vaccination centres, Zahid said.
On Monday, a DGHS official said 400,000 vaccine shots had so far been allocated for Dhaka district. These are from the 2 million shots that Bangladesh received as a gift from the Indian government.
Except for Dhaka, Narayanganj and Gazipur, the government sent five million vaccine jabs, purchased from Serum Institute of India, to 61 districts by Sunday for the mass inoculation campaign.
Dr Shamsul Haque Mridha, member-secretary of the national vaccination committee at the DGHS said: "We have sent vaccine shots to Gazipur and Narayanganj today [Tuesday].
“With this, we have completed vaccine delivery to all 64 districts.”
Vaccine registration website www.surokkha.gov.bd is open to the public, since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on January 27 inaugurated the vaccination campaign.
Also, the Surokkha app, developed to help people register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh, will be made available on Google Play by February 4.
On November 5 last year, the Bangladesh government, SII, and Beximco had signed a tripartite agreement to import the vaccine developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.
On January 26 this year, the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) cleared use of the first shipment of the vaccine.
On January 21, Bangladesh received 2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as a gift from the Indian government. That was the first ever consignment of vaccines which arrived in Bangladesh.