Covid-19 Vaccine: Uncertainty looms over 2nd dose of around 35,00 Pabna residents | The Daily Star
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Covid-19 Vaccine: Uncertainty looms over 2nd dose of around 35,00 Pabna residents

Another 82,000 yet to get their first dose after registration

Uncertainty looms large over getting the second dose of Covid-19 vaccines for around 35,158 residents in Pabna.

Meanwhile, a total of 82,040 out of 1,62,284 registered people are yet to get the first dose of vaccine in the district till now, according to the district civil surgeon's office.

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School teacher Muslima Khatun of Pabna town took first dose of Covid-19 on March 18 and awaiting message for the second dose of the vaccine within May 20.

She however did not get any message and now she comes to know that vaccination has stopped in Pabna, no hope to get the second dose very soon.

"I have taken the first dose of the vaccine and was expecting to the second shot but I am so unfortunate. My school may open next month and I have to go to school without completing vaccination so I am worried too."Muslima said.

Like her a total of 35,158 people of the district could not get their second dose of the vaccine despite taking the first dose of vaccine couple of months ago.

Dr Monisar Chowdhury, civil surgeon of Pabna, said the vaccination program has stopped in Pabna from May 21 as the allotment of vaccines for the district is already over.

"We received 1.25 lakh dozes of Covid-19 vaccine and 80,244 people got the first dose of the vaccine while 45,086 people got the second dose till May 20. There is not a single ampule of vaccine left so we have stopped Covid vaccination program in Pabna since May, 21," the civil surgeon said.

The people who have been deprived of the first dose will get priority after the next allotment comes but no scope to give the second dose at this moment, he added.

However, those who could take only the first dose have expressed dissatisfaction over the shortage of the vaccine.

"I took the first dose of the vaccine on April, 27. Had I known that the second dose would run out, I would not have taken the first dose. Now, my familyand I are vulnerable due to incomplete dose of vaccine." ABM Fazlur Rahman, director of Pabna Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said.

Dr KM Abu Zafar, Pabna deputy civil surgeon, said, "We received the allotment of84 thousand doses in Pabna at first. Then we decided to give the first dose among 42 thousand people so that two doses can be completed for all.

However, we continued giving first doses as a result over 80 thousand people got the first dose till May 20 but in the second phase we did not get the expected allotment of vaccine so huge people have been deprived of second dose."

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