The second phase of administering the Covid-19 vaccine will begin today, despite the uncertainty over supply disruption.
According to experts, the second dose should be taken four to six weeks after the first dose for optimum results. The first phase of the mass inoculation drive in the country began on 7 February.
However, vaccination will be delayed for those who contracted the virus after the first jab.
Confirming the matter to The Business Standard, Dr ASM Alamgir, principal scientific officer at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, said, "Second dose would be deferred for those who contracted the disease after taking the first jab but there's no need to worry."
"They just need to inform their respective inoculation centres that they will receive the second dose later as they were infected after receiving the first jab," he explained.
Bangladesh has administered over 55.68 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, produced at the Serum Institute of India, out of 1.12 crore to date.
As per a deal with India's Serum Institute and Bangladeshi pharmaceutical company Beximco, the government was supposed to get 50 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine every month. Bangladesh has received two shipments of 70 lakh doses so far.
Apart from that, Bangladesh received two consignments of 32 lakh doses as gifts from India.