News Desk: The nationwide daylong Covid vaccination campaign began on Tuesday morning to expedite the vaccination programme to combat the outbreak of the deadly virus.
The government has set up 16,181 vaccination centres across Bangladesh, health department officials said.
The country has a stock of 2.76 crore doses of vaccines. Five types of vaccines Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Janssen are now available in the country.
Vaccination centres have been set at all public hospitals, specialized hospitals, health complexes, city corporations, pouroshovas, upazila and unions parishads.
The officials said that the government had set a target to inoculate 75 lakh people under booster and second dose during the daylong drive.
As of July 18, a total of 27,97,68,106 doses of Covid vaccines, including booster doses, were administered while the countrywide vaccination campaign was launched on February 7, last year.
Health minister Zahid Maleque, on the occasion of the countrywide campaign, organised a virtual press conference at the Directorate General of Health Services in Dhaka on Monday.
"The government has decided to observe the nationwide vaccination for expanding booster dose coverage across the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus," he said.
"The people aged 18 and above will be eligible for receiving Covid booster dose during the daylong campaign.They (eligible people) will be inoculated booster dose after completing four months," he added.
The minister said that the government has brought 76.05 per cent people under first dose of vaccination coverage, 70.3 per cent under second dose while 17.9 percent people were brought under the booster dose coverage.