Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to launch coronavirus vaccination drive at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital on Wednesday.
She will inaugurate the vaccination virtually, said Abdul Mannan, Secretary of Health Service Division of the Health Ministry on Saturday.
A nurse from the hospital will receive the jab.
Meanwhile, a study of Dhaka University’s Institute of Health Economics found that only 32 percent of Bangladeshis want to take the COVID-19 vaccine, partially due to doubts over the vaccine’s effectiveness and concerns over side-effects.
Overall 84 percent people showed interest to take the vaccine at some stage – after a few weeks, months and years - but did not want to take the vaccine right now as they have doubt about efficacy, side-effect and some even believe the vaccines do not work, the study found.
Some 3,560 randomly selected people above 18 years were respondents of the study beginning January 10. The respondents were from 16 upazilas of eight districts in eight divisions and from Dhaka city area.
Bangladesh approved the emergency use of this vaccine on Jan 7. It inked a deal with the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd last month for procuring 30 million doses of the vaccine between January and June (five million doses each month).
The country received 2 million doses of vaccine as ‘gift’ from India last week.