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Administering Pfizer vaccine starts from Monday: DGHS

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The Directorate of Health on Sunday said administering Pfizer vaccine will start across the country from Monday.

Three hospitals–Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, Sheikh Russel National Gastroliver Institute and Hospital and Kurmitola General Hospital–in the capital will administer the vaccine to 120 people at each hospital daily.

Prof Shamsul Huque, Line Director of the Directorate General of Health Services(DGHS) and a member of the Vaccine Distribution Committee, disclosed it at a regular health bulletin on Sunday.

He said only registered people, who failed to get the first vaccine dose despite registration, will receive this from 9:00am-3:00pm.

“We have already received 100,620 doses of vaccine from COVAX facility. We have preserved it. Necessary guidelines and training were given. We hope we will start inoculation with it on Monday,” he said.

Those who will receive the vaccine, will be kept under observation for seven to ten days.

Over 1 lakh doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Bangladesh as part of the global vaccine initiative ‘COVAX’ on May 31.

Health workers and police personnel, students of government and private medical and dental colleges, students of government institutes of nursing and midwifery, residents of dormitories of public universities, officers and employees working in important national projects, expatriate workers, cleaners, those who are engaged in burial and those who were excluded from vaccination earlier and citizens of other countries who are working here will be vaccinated on a priority basis.

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