75 lakh to receive 1st dose of vaccine on PM's 75th birthday
Seventy-five lakh people will receive the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to mark the 75th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina tomorrow, said Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services, during an online briefing this afternoon.
"Only people aged 25 and above, who have already registered and have been waiting for Covid-19 vaccine, will be inoculated with the first dose during the nationwide day-long special campaign, starting at 9:00am tomorrow," he said.
"In the first two hours of the campaign, males aged 50 and above, females, and physically challenged people will get the vaccine on priority basis," said Prof Khurshid.
Expecting and nursing mothers will not be vaccinated during this campaign, he added.
Everyone must carry the Covid-19 vaccine registration card and the national identity card (NID) to the vaccination centre with them, DGHS in a public notice on its verified Facebook page said today.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque in an online press conference yesterday said the government has a target to inoculate 80 lakh people during the campaign.
At the time, the minister also mentioned that students aged 18 and above who have registered will also get the vaccines.
However, there was no mention of students in the health DG's briefing as well as the public circular of the DGHS issued today.
There will be a total of 16,153 vaccination booths for the campaign where around 80,000 health staffers and volunteers will work.