Vaccination for Expatriates

Hurdles to be removed soon: Minister

Staff Correspondent

25 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Thursday hoped that the complications related to Covid-19 vaccination of outbound Bangladeshi workers will be resolved within a month or 15 days.

The minister expressed the optimism at a function to hand over special financial assistance to Saudi Arabia-bound migrant workers for paying hotel quarantine expenses in the Gulf state. Addressing the ceremony, Secretary of the ministry Dr Ahmed Munirus Salehin said expatriate workers will be able to register through Surokkha app from next week for getting vaccines.  

The secretary said the expatriate workers who don’t have National Identity Card (NID) can register with a copy of their passport or a Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) card.

All expatriates aged over 20 years can register for the vaccine, said Munirus Salehin.

He also said, “We are trying to find out whether any Pfaizar vaccine can be administered to the expatriates or not. “I’m discussing this with the Health Secretary,” he said.  

However, a group of outbound expat workers was seen in front of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment on Thursday morning.

They said visas of many of them will expire soon. But they have yet to receive any assurance about getting vaccinated. Some of the expats bound for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait said they have already completed registration for the vaccine, but if they receive Sinopharm vaccine, it will not bring any benefit to them as the two countries have recommended four other vaccines to the people who will enter their country.