On Monday, 360 people will get the shots at these vaccination centres
The health authorities in Bangladesh have started administering the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at three hospitals in Dhaka.
Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed, the vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, inaugurated the vaccination at the BSMMU Hospital on Monday morning.
Prof Faruque Ahmed, director of Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute and Hospital, and Kurmitola General Hospital Director Brig Gen Jamil Ahmed also kicked off the vaccination program at their respective hospitals around the same time.
Administration of the first dose of this vaccine, received under the Covax scheme, at these hospitals will continue till 3pm on Monday.
Md Shamsul Haque, a line director of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said during a daily bulletin on Sunday that 360 people will get the jabs on Monday at these three vaccination centres as part of a dry run.
A total of 120 people will be administered the vaccine at each centre, he said.
“The regular inoculation will start after an observation period of seven to 10 days,” he said, before adding that a few other centres will start administering the vaccine later.
The vaccines will only be given to people who have registered at these three facilities earlier.
According to the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), the second dose of the vaccine will be given three weeks after the first dose.
On May 31, Bangladesh received a consignment of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, the first under the international vaccine-sharing platform Covax.
The vaccine's preservation temperature ranges between -90°C and -60°C. However, it can remain stable for five days at 2°C to 8°C and for two hours at 30°C, according to health authorities.
It is the third vaccine Bangladesh is using in its inoculation drive against Covid-19, which has so far killed more than 13,500 people.
The country has administered around 10 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
A drive to administer over one million Sinopharm shots as a gift from China is also underway.