Publish: 21 Jun 2021, 01:10 pm
Bangladesh has begun administering Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses against Covid-19, aiming to fight the pandemic.
Inoculation with Pfizer shots began at three centres on Monday — Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Kurmitola General Hospital and Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute and Hospital, reports media.
Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed, vice-chancellor of BSMMU, inaugurated the programme at the university's convention centre around 9:00 am on Monday.
Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute & Hospital's Director Faruk Ahmed and Kurmitola General Hospital's Director Brigadier General Jamil Ahmed inaugurated the vaccination drive at their respective centres at the same time.
A total of 360 people, 120 in each centre, will be inoculated under the vaccination programme, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Bangladesh on Saturday started administering 11 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine doses across the country.
The vaccine doses are being administered at four hospitals in Dhaka district — Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital, Sir Salimullah Medical College and Hospital, and Mughda Medical College and Hospital.
Health workers and police personnel, students of government and private medical and dental colleges, students of government institutes of nursing and midwifery, residents of dormitories of public universities, officers and employees working in important national projects, expatriate workers, cleaners, those who are engaged in burial and those who were excluded from vaccination earlier and citizens of other countries who are working here will be vaccinated on a priority basis.