by Staff Correspondent, Dhaka
The government has begun the fourth round of mass inoculation against novel coronavirus that infected more than 2 million people and killed nearly 29,500 in Bangladesh since it was first reported in March 2020.
Ahmedul Kabir, the chief of the Directorate of Health, inaugurated the fourth dose at Kurmitola General Hospital on Tuesday. The programme was simultaneously begun at all the city corporations, medical college hospitals, district and upazila hospitals, and all immunization centers across Bangladesh, health officials said.
The recipients will get only the Pfizer-produced vaccine at this stage.
The novel coronavirus, which is widely known as Covid-19, was first emerged in Wuhan of China in December 2019 and rapidly spread across the world, causing a global pandemic. The virus infected nearly 654 million people and killed more than 6.67 million since then. Europe and the United States of America reported for the majority of the deaths.
The rate of infection reduced significantly in early 2022, but again the higher number of infection is reported from various parts of the world with China reporting five deaths on Monday.
Considering the resurfacing of the virus, Bangladeshi government has decided to go for mass inoculation, for the fourth round, as it completed the third dose to prevent spread of the pathogen.
The frontline professionals and aged persons will be given priority for the current dose. Those who are above 60 and are suffering from ailments, and the pregnant women will get the vaccine on priority basis. The fourth dose can be taken four months after the third dose.
Freedom fighters, health officials, members of the public and private offices, law enforcement agencies, military officials, journalists, bank officials and players of the national teams will also be given the priority.
Dr. Shamsul Haq of Expanded Programme of Immunization said the vaccine will be available at all the EPI centers across the country. More than 140 million people got the first dose in Bangladesh so far. The second dose was given to nearly 120.5 million people. The third or the booster dose was given to nearly 6 million people. Bangladesh began the mass inoculation against Covid-19 in January 2021.