Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has received her first dose of Covid-19 vaccine as the nationwide vaccination campaign against the virus now goes full-swing, officials said on Thursday.
The Prime Minister received the shot more than a month after Bangladesh began inoculating people against the novel coronavirus.
Hasina, 73, was administered the jab at her official residence in Dhaka, her deputy press secretary Hasan Jahid Tushar said. Hasina’s younger sister, Sheikh Rehana, who received the jab earlier, was by her side when the vaccine was administered, according a photograph released by the Prime Minister’s Office.
“The Prime Minister is in good health,” Tushar said.
Bangladesh has inoculated more than 3.4 million people after the government initially began the dry run of the vaccine among frontline workers of the pandemic in late January. The nationwide vaccination campaign was began on February 7.
Bangladesh aims to have 15 million people vaccinated until June as the country received 9 million doses so far from the Serum Institute of India as per an agreement signed in November.
The Institute will supply 30 million doses of vaccine as per the contract.
In addition, the Indian government gifted 2 million shots as part of its “neighbourhood first” policy.
Bangladesh has reported some 548,549 coronavirus cases, with 8,435 deaths, since the country’s first cases were traced in March 2020.
Prime Minister Hasina while inaugurating the vaccination programme in January, called upon the people to strictly maintain health guidelines to slow the spreading of the virus. She also asked everyone to wear mask.