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Covid-19 Vaccination

Govt working to lower age limit to 18 and above

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Govt working to lower age limit to 18 and above

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The government is working to lower the age limit to 18 and above for coronavirus vaccine in a bid to bring maximum people of the country under the vaccination programme immediately.

“The health and family welfare minister has given instructions whether the age limit can be lowered to 18 years for Covid-19 vaccination. We are thinking how we can implement it,” said Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The DGHS chief came up with the statement while talking to reporters after visiting corona patients at Mugda Medical College Hospital in the capital on Friday.

“The government is thinking how to make the Covid-19 vaccination easier and whether the coronavirus vaccination can be conducted the way other vaccination is going on in the country,” he said.

Khurshid Alam said the government wants to speed up the vaccination programme against Covid-19.

Mentioning that he talked to some elderly Covid-19 patients, who did not take vaccine, in the Mugda hospital, he said all should receive vaccine although anyone is infected with the virus after vaccination, but the symptoms will be less, the risk is low and the necessity of hospitalisation decreases.

About oxygen supply for the Covid-19 patients, Khurshid Alam said normally the demand for oxygen is around 80 to 90 tons every day, but now it has gone up to 200 tons. However, the country still has a supply of oxygen and is also importing from India.

“I don’t understand now whether we can handle the coronavirus situation in the next days. The situation needs to be monitored. However, the government’s arrangement is good enough,” he said.