Administering AstraZeneca vaccine begins in Dhaka
Published: 09:40 AM, 2 August 2021
Administration of the second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has resumed on Monday in the capital. However, administering the vaccine to people across the country will begin on August 7.
Earlier on Sunday, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Director Shamsul Haque in an online bulletin said that administering the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to those who failed to take the second dose after getting the first jab, will resume in the Dhaka division including the capital from August 2. Health-workers at vaccination centres across the country will start administering it from August 7.
He said that citizens will have to take their second jab from the same hospital or inoculation centre where they were administered their first vaccine shot.
Those who have already received an SMS for the second dose, but didn’t get the vaccine, will be able to complete their inoculation by showing the same message, he added.
Shamsul Haque emphasized that people who have received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made by SII will receive the same for their second dose.
“Those who got the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as their first jab must take the same vaccine as their second shot. Both the doses will be of the same vaccine. Mixing can cause damage.”
A little over 1.52 million people are waiting for the second dose of the vaccine, he said.
On Saturday, Bangladesh received the second consignment of AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Japan under the Covax facility. The second consignment contains 781,320 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The third consignment, containing 616,780 doses of the vaccine, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday.