The Health Ministry has begun its vaccination program for Covid-19 on trial at five government hospitals across Dhaka city.
The program began at the hospitals at 9am on Thursday.
The hospitals are Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Kurmitola General Hospital, Mugda General Hospital, Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
After the program began, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak received his Covid-19 vaccine at BSMMU at 10:40am.
Later, BSMMU Vice Chancellor Dr Kanak Kanti Barua, Health Services Secretary Abdul Manan and Additional Secretary (World Health) Kazi Zebunnesa Begum also received their doses at the hospital.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the vaccine campaign at Kurmitola General Hospital virtually from Ganabhaban.
Runu Veronica Costa, a senior staff nurse at Kurmitola General Hospital, became the first person in the country to get a vaccine dose for the deadly virus.
After the five government employees, 21 other selected people, including two journalists, were given the vaccine shots.
During the trial run, the government plans to vaccinate a further 690 people at these five government hospitals.