Students Aged 12-17: 40,000 to get jabs a day
The government will begin vaccinating school students of Dhaka aged between 12 and 17 years against Covid-19 from November 1, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said yesterday.
The vaccination campaign will be conducted at 12 centres aiming to jab 40,000 students per day, he said.
The students will be administered the Pfizer Covid vaccine.
After a closure of nearly one and a half years amid the pandemic, students returned to their classrooms on September 12.
Yesterday, the health minister informed the cabinet about his ministry's plan in this regard during a meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Zahid said the education ministry sent the final list of school students to the health ministry.
The health ministry forwarded it to the ICT ministry to record the names in a database, he said. "The school authorities concerned will take measures for the registration of their students for vaccination."
Replying to a question, the health minister said the government plans to expand the vaccination campaign to other districts.
Meanwhile, a countrywide special campaign for jabbing about 80 lakh people with the second dose of Covid-19 vaccines began yesterday.
People who received their first dose on September 28 during a special campaign marking the 75th birthday of the PM will get the second dose.
Zahid said the vaccination campaign for students will go on alongside the regular jabbing programme.
MAINTAIN HEALTH PROTOCOL: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon all to maintain health protocol, including wearing masks, as the novel coronavirus might hit the country again with the arrival of winter, reports BSS.
"All countries of the world have been seeing coronavirus again with the advent of winter," she said.
The premier said this while receiving 26,45,000 blankets for destitute people from the Bangladesh Association of Banks.
Referring to the increase in Covid cases in the USA, England and Europe during the winter, Hasina urged all to be careful about the cold and cough as the winter is approaching.