A day after the inauguration of Covid-19 vaccination programme in Bangladesh, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said that none of the 26 vaccine recipients faced any complexity till now.
"All sorts of rumors over the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have turned out false as people are showing interest to take the jab willingly," he came up with the remarks after inspecting vaccination activities at three hospitals in the capital on Thursday afternoon.
A unique mood is prevailing at every vaccination centres, he added.
Earlier, the minister inspected vaccination activities at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), and Mugda Medical College and Hospital.
During his visit at the BSMMU, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Secretary to the Health Service Division (HSD) Md Abdul Mannan, and Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr Kanak Kanti Barua received the vaccine around 11am.
The health secretary shared his experience of inoculation, saying "I have started normal activities within 20 minutes of receiving vaccine. There was no problem."
He also urged not to pay heed to the rumour-mongers.
Later at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, a number of frontline Covid fighters, including the hospital's Surgery Department Head ABM Jamal, received the coronavirus vaccine in presence of the minister.
Bangladesh kicked off the vaccination drive on Wednesday afternoon, with a nurse of Kurmitola General Hosptial – Runu Veronica – receiving the jab first.
According to the media cell of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), arrangements have been made to vaccinate some 200 people at the BSMMU, 100 at Kurmitola hospital, 150 at Mugda Medical College Hospital, and 50 at Bangladesh-Kuwait Friendship Hospital.