Vaccination begins Wednesday from Kurmitola Hospital
Registration is a must to get jabs26 January 2021
A special flight of Air India carrying 5 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca \'Covisheild\' vaccine, produced by Serum Institute of India, lands at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on Monday morning.
The corona vaccination programme will be inaugurated in city's Kurmitola Hospital on January 27 at 3:30 pm. A total of 20 persons will be vaccinated on that day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the programme and she will be involved in the virtual ceremony while vaccinating the first five persons.
Director General of the Health Services (DGHS) Abul Basar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, told this to media after a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on Monday afternoon.
"The inaugural vaccination programme will be in a brief due to corona pandemic outbreak," DG said.
The programme will be broadcast live on BTV from Kurmitola General Hospital, DG added.
The DG also said that no one will be allowed to receive Covid-19 vaccine doses without online registration.
"Now we won't go for inoculation beyond this app (online application). We won't allow anyone without online registration," he added.
Khurshid Alam also said they encourage the vaccine recipients to get both doses of Covid-19 vaccine from the same vaccination centre.
If the option is kept open to receive the first dose and the second one from two separate centres, there is a possibly of waste of some doses, he said.
The vaccination programme will first start at five centres in the capital. Some 100 people will be vaccinated at each centre on January 28 and 29. The inoculation will then start across the country in the first week of February.
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said a team of ICT Division developed the Covid-19 Vaccine Management System 'Surokkha' software with support from PMO's a2i programme, Bangladesh Computer Council and the DGHS.
"We're handing over the Surokkha software to the DGHS today (Monday)," he said.
To get registered for vaccination, one will have to do that though www.surokkha.gov.bd, said the state minister.
About the registration process, he said one will have to provide one's NID number, date of birth, mobile number, and information of comorbidities, profession and engagement in the Covid-19 activities in the online registration form.
The registration will have to be completed with a one-time-password (OTP) to be texted to mobile phone.
After the registration, the person concerned will have to collect the vaccination card from the portal. The date and the centre for vaccination will be texted to the mobile number of the registered person.
Upon receiving the two shots, the person will be able to download a vaccination certificate from the portal.
Joining the briefing virtually, PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus said the vaccine has been procured at the lowest price compared to any market outside India.
If any problem arises with the online registration software, he suggested the team concerned to stay ready to modify it for making it a user-friendly one.
Additional Director General of DGHS Meerjady Sabrina Flora said pregnant women, children and those who have Covid-19 positive will not be given the vaccine. There is no enough information over the vaccine impacts on pregnant women and children, she added.
Meanwhile, the first consignment containing five million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine purchased by Bangladesh from licensed manufacturers Serum Institute of India under the brand name Covishield has already arrived safely in Dhaka.
A flight of Air India carrying the vaccine consignment landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:05 am, said additional SP of Airport Armed Police Alamgir Hossain.
The vaccines are being transported to Beximco warehouses in Tongi, SP said.
Bangladesh previously received 20 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as a gift from the Indian government.
Earlier, Nazmul Hassan Papon, the Managing Director of Beximco Pharma, which signed an exclusive distribution and cooperation agreement for Bangladesh with SII, said "The doses will be taken straight to the warehouse (Beximco Pharma warehouse in Tongi) from the airport. They'll be sent out to all districts after necessary tests."