A large number of eligible people cannot register for coronavirus vaccine through the government’s online registration portal Surokkha as they do not have National Identity (NID) cards.
As a result, many people, particularly students and workers who want to go abroad but have been waiting to get the NID, cannot receive the Covid-19 vaccine immediately.
Talking to the Daily Sun, some students and workers said they have birth registration certificates but they have been waiting to get the NID and that’s why they cannot register online to receive the vaccine.
They also urged the government to allow birth certificate to register for the vaccine online.
According to the DGHS, the eligible persons must register online through the government’s website surokkha.com to take the Covid-19 vaccine. Everyone has to put the NID numbers during online registration in the surokkha app.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on August 23 said vaccines will be given only to those registered with the Surokkha app in the coming days.
"Without registration, none will get vaccine. Over three and a half crore people got registered and more than two crore received jabs," he said.
However, though the age bar has been lowered to 18 for students, the minimum age to register for vaccination remains 25 and above for ordinary citizens.
The health directorate has made a list of 25 categories, including students aged 18 years or above, medical students, workers and farmers, while citizens aged 25 or above can also register for the vaccine.
The education ministry sources said the government is planning to reopen the educational institutions particularly the universities of the country after ensuring vaccine for the students.
In this situation, the students have to receive the vaccine to attend classes during the coronavirus pandemic while many other students who studies abroad also need the vaccine.
On the other hand, a number of people, including workers and farmers, also do not get the NID cards while many of them have been waiting to get fresh NID after submitting those for some corrections. So, they cannot register online for vaccine for lack of the NID card.
“I have birth certificate but I am yet to get NID card. That’s why I can’t register online to receive the vaccine,” Intishar Karim, a student of North South University, told the Daily Sun.
He appealed to the government authorities concerned to allow birth certificate number to register online for vaccination. “Birth certificate is issued by the competent government authority and it is under national database having all the necessary information as like the NID,” he added.
Rahad Ahmed, a resident of Vatara area in the capital, said his wife has been waiting for getting the NID card after submitting necessary document to the related department for around a month. “She can’t register online for coronavirus vaccine due to lack of the NID,” he added.
Health experts said the government should allow people, particularly the students, to register online for the vaccine with the information of NID or birth certificate or passport as these three documents contain all information about the citizens of the country.
“None can register for vaccine without the NID. The NID has been made mandatory for the vaccine registration as it is the best way to validate the individual,” Prof Dr Robed Amin, spokesperson of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the Daily Sun.
Meanwhile, a number of students have become worried about joining classes as University Grants Commission Chairman Prof Dr Kazi Shahidullah told media that the university authorities would have to complete vaccination of all students and teachers by September 15.
Education Minister Dr Dipu on Thursday said the universities across the country will be reopened in phases from October 17.