Covid-19 vaccination programme for garment workers in Gazipur kicked off on Sunday.
The program was inaugurated at Tusuka Denim Ltd at Konabari in the district.A total of 10,000 garment workers from four factories got Covid-19 jabs on the first day of the programme.
The factories include Sparrow Apparels Ltd, Rose Sweaters Ltd, Tusuka Denim Ltd and Tusuka Trousers Ltd.
BGMEA president Faruque Hassan, Gazipur City Corporation Mayor Md. Jahangir Alam, Bangladesh Country Manager for Marks & Spencer Shwapna Bhowmick, Gazipur Civil Surgeon Md. Khairuzzaman, Deputy Commissioner of Gazipur SM Tariqul Islam and CARE Bangladesh's Country Director Ramesh Singh were present at the inauguration.
Earlier, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) sent a letter requesting the government to bring garment workers under vaccination on a priority basis
Garment workers are being considered as front-liners since they have been doing their jobs amid the pandemic to protect the economy of the country.
BGMEA leaders also met with the health minister and requested him for ensuring vaccines for the RMG workers on priority basis.BGMEA president Faruque Hassan expressed sincere gratitude towards Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for bringing the garment workers under COVID-19 vaccination programme on a priority basis.
He also thanked the health minister and foreign minister for their important role and efforts in ensuring vaccines for the RMG workers.
He said mass people of Bangladesh have to be brought under vaccination to help the country’s economy to turn around and remain resilient. He urged all to follow health safety protocols, especially the wearing of masks, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.