Bangladesh has started training for health staffers countrywide to initiate the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the first week of February.
The training began on Wednesday and officials are determined to complete the process by the end of January physically and virtually, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Some 42,000 caregivers will come under the training concurrently hosted by central and local administrations.
A total of 7,344 teams will carry out the immunisation programme across the country.
"Directions have already been sent to the field-level administration. We've issued a letter to hold training and other activities preparatory to vaccination," said DGHS director Shamsul Haque.
"We gave directives through videoconferencing from Dhaka and will send a planning letter to district and upazila administrations for the same in a day or two," he told the FE.
Mr Haque said preparations for transport facilities for distribution of vaccines, storage of syringes and safety boxes, and other materials, have been taken.
"Now, we could operate as asked by the government during the vaccination programme…," he mentioned.
"The number of health staffers for training is initially finalised. If we bring more doses, we'll arrange more such training for health workers."
The DGHS has also submitted a procurement order for 30-million AD syringes and some 5.0 million will come first against the first batch of doses from Serum Institute of India.
Beximco Pharmaceuticals will bring the shots under a tripartite deal last December with the government and Serum Institute, the world's largest vaccine maker that is producing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
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