It’s good news for vaccine-seekers of Chattogram, as 91,200 doses of Sinopharm vaccine have reached the port city yesterday.
As a result, the Covid-19 vaccination programme is going to resume from today, according to the authorities concerned.
Dr Sheikh Fazle Rabbi, civil surgeon of Chattogram, received the vaccines from the government.
The vaccines were later taken to the EPI central store in the city.
Initially, the programme will be operated only from Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH).
On the flip side, not everyone will get the chance to get vaccinated right away, as doctors, nurses, healthcare staffers, and students of medical colleges, nursing colleges and medical technology will be prioritised, Dr Rabbi said.
In addition, those who registered for the second dose mentioning CMCH as their preferred centre, but are yet to receive their doses, will also get priority, the civil surgeon told The Daily Star yesterday.
Contacted, CMCH director Brig Gen SM Humayun Kabir said they have made a list of 26 medical students to be vaccinated on the first day.
This means that thousands of people who are yet to receive their second dose after registering at the 18 other centres in the city and 14 centres in upazilas will have to wait for their turn.
Naturally, the decision to favour priority groups did not make them happy.
Talking to this correspondent, they demanded that the authority change the decision so that vaccine-seekers across the district get equal opportunity.
“I registered for my first dose two months ago. I’ve been eagerly waiting for fresh vaccines to arrive, but now I get to know that I am not in the priority group simply because I’ve registered for Chattogram General Hospital centre,” said Zakaria Imtiaz (60).
“I fail to understand how this is fair,” he remarked.
Asked, Civil Surgeon Dr Rabbi said they had to make the decision as they received fewer vaccines relative to vaccine aspirants.
“We have just received 91,200 doses this time around, whereas in the first phase, a total of 453,760 people were given the first dose,” he said.
“But vaccine-seekers should not be worried, as the government assured it will immediately send in more vaccines, allowing us to vaccinate all in phases,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the positivity rate at the port city was 19.28 percent yesterday.
It was 14.44 percent on Thursday, 16.53 percent on Wednesday, 16.89 percent on Tuesday, and 24.59 percent on Monday, according to the officials.