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Bangladesh to resume AstraZeneca jabs from Monday

| Updated: August 01, 2021 18:44:08


Bangladesh to resume AstraZeneca jabs from Monday

The government will resume administering the second dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines from Monday in Dhaka division.

Dr Shamsul Haque, director of the vaccination program of the Health Department informed this in the regular Covid health bulletin on Sunday

It will be administered in all centres across the country from August 7.

He said SMS will be sent to the people who have taken the first dose of AstraZeneca. However, those who have received SMS for the second dose earlier but have not been vaccinated will not need the SMS to take the second shot.

On Saturday, Bangladesh received the second consignment of AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Japan under the COVAX facility.

The second consignment contains 7,81,320 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.

The third consignment that will contain 6,16,780 doses of the vaccine is scheduled to arrive here on Tuesday.

In this regard, the director said, "We'll be able to vaccinate those waiting for the second dose of this vaccine."

The government started mass vaccination through Covishield (AstraZeneca) vaccine in last February.

However, 15,21,000 people did not get the second dose of  after the stock of the jabs purchased from India ran out. Around 58 lakh people received the first dose and 42 lakh people took the 2nd dose of the vaccine so far, reports UNB.

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