Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque MP has reassured that there will be no shortage of vaccines in the country and urged all the countrymen to take the jab without any hesitation.
"Vaccines will be imported regularly every month. So, there will never be any shortage of vaccines," he said while inaugurating a mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a Mujib Corner at Dhaka Dental College on Wednesday. He also laid the foundation stone of an auditorium of the college.
"Vaccines were distributed to each vaccination centre according to the population rate. In some centers, the demand and registration rate were much higher. Therefore some centres saw a shortage of vaccines, but the issue will be settled soon," he said.
The health minister also said some 70 lakh shots have so far been brought. Another 25 lakh vaccines are on the way to reach on 22 February. This way, the inflow of vaccines will continue.
Responding to questions from reporters, he said, "The second dose of the vaccine was supposed to be administered after four weeks of the first shot. But the duration has now been extended to eight weeks. We have taken the decision complying with the direction of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The programme was chaired by Principal of Dhaka Dental College Dr Humayun Kabir while State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumder, president of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad (Swachip) Professor M Iqbal Arslan, secretary general Professor MA Aziz and others spoke in the occasion.