Health Dept gear up for huge vaccination plan

23 January 2021


Reza Mahmud :
The government has prepared a plan to bring about 10 crore people under Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Getting of two million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as gift from neighboring India has strengthened the preparations.
Health Secretary Abdul Mannan said, the shipment of the first phase's  five million doses of vaccines will arrive on January 25 or 26 in Bangladesh.
He said that a dry run programme will be conducted on 400-500 people at the Covid dedicated hospitals like Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Mugda Medical College and Hospital, Kurmitola General Hospital, and Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital on January 27 or 28.
After keeping the jab recipients in observation for a week, the mass vaccination programme will be started on the first week of the February across the country, the health secretary said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the inoculation campaign through video conferencing.
On November 5 last year, the Health Ministry signed a trilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India's Serum Institute to collect three crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Friday said Bangladesh is seeking more sources to secure about 340 million doses of vaccines to immunize its population.
He said, Bangladesh will get five million doses of the University of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine a month from the Serum Institute of India, with the first consignment expected next week.
People on the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic have been prioritised in the plan to be executed in five stages in three phases requiring around 180 million doses, as a person requires two jabs,
according to the draft plan prepared by the DGHS.
In the first phase, over 5.1 million people will be given the jabs among the physicians, nurses and other medical staff including those who involved corona virus treatment programmes.
Police and other forces of law enforcers also will get the jab in the first phase.
Army, Navy and Airforce personnel, BGB, RAB and Journalists also will get the inoculations in this stage.
Ports employees, Municipality workers and Expatriates also will get vaccines here.
In stage 2, over 12 million, or seven per cent of the population, include people aged 60 or over and those with morbidity will be prioritized in this stage.
The Health Services Division plans to vaccinate more than 17.2 million people, or 9 per cent of the population, in the second phase including teachers, citizens living with health risks and remote areas, tribal people, garment workers, pharmacy workers, restaurant workers and motor workers included here.
The third and the last phase also has two stages - first one will include 34.5 million, or 20 per cent of the population, and second one for 69.1 million, or 40 per cent of the population. In the last phase, the DGHS plans to vaccinate 60 million people including those teachers, government employees, autonomous institutes' employees, industries workers, private energy and power stations workers, jailed people, and jail employees and others who failed to be inoculated in earlier phases.
When contacted, Professor Dr. M. Muzaherul Huq, the foremer Advisor of the World Health Organisation (WHO) told The New Nation on Friday, "No one should be left without vaccination to make the nation free from the pandemic."
He suggested health and allied workers in front line, Senior citizens , Adults with co morbidity will be the priority in the programme.
Then, he said, "Followed by others who will have chance of exposures
and rest all to be included."
A S M Alamgir, the Chief Scientist Officer of IEDCR said, patients with allergy and other complicity and pregnant women will be kept out of the inoculations.
He said the rest of the people as per the government's plan will be brought under the immunization programme.

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