December 21, 2022
DHAKA – A special campaign for administering the fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose started yesterday.
Ahmedul Kabir, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services, launched the campaign at Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka.
On the first day, a total of NNNN elderly and priority group people received their fourth doses from around 1,000 permanent centres across the country, according to a DGHS press release.
Only Pfizer vaccines are being used in the campaign.
The priority group people include — frontliners, pregnant women, immunocompromised people and citizens aged 18 and above suffering from chronic diseases will be given the vaccine during the campaign.
The frontliners include — freedom fighters, staffers of the health ministry, its fellow organisations and authorised private healthcare organisations, all employees of the government, private and autonomous organisations, law enforcement and military personnel, journalists, bank employees, national team players and others working in the frontline.
With the latest count, around 14.9 crore people have been inoculated with the first dose while more than 12.65 crore people with the second dose and around 6.47 crore with the booster dose against Covid-19.
The government started mass inoculation against the Covid-19 vaccine on February 8 last year using Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine produced by Serum Institute of India.
Later, six other Covid-19 vaccines developed by different companies were added to the list. Those are — Pfizer, Sinopharm, Moderna, Sinovac, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer-PD (Comirnaty).