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10m to be vaccinated next week: Minister

Mass vaccination begins Aug 7

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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10m to be vaccinated next week: Minister
Health Minister Zahid Maleque speaks at the inaugural ceremony of the 1st year MBBS class at BCPS auditorium in the capital on Sunday. —SUN photo

Around 10 million people will be given vaccine against coronavirus during nationwide vaccination campaign next week, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque.

The vaccination campaign will start on August 7, he said at the inaugural ceremony of the first-year MBBS class at BCPS auditorium in the capital on Sunday.

He said if millions of vaccines arrive in the country afterwards, the health directorate has the capacity to administer millions of vaccines in a week.

“The vaccination campaign will go on everywhere. Priority will be given to the elderly people. Then people of other age-group will get the jab,” the minister said.

Old people are getting infected by young ones and 80 percent of them are dying, the minister said.

“We’re planning to bring pregnant women under the vaccination program as well,'' he said.

Zahid Maleque has expressed apprehension that the corona infection will rise further due to the reopening of factories and industries amid ongoing lockdown.

“People of different areas have retuned to work after the reopening of garment factories today (Sunday). But they have not followed health guidelines. As a result, infection will increase further,” he said.

The minister, however, said that the government has to consider everything for the sake of life and livelihoods.

Zahid Maleque also urged everyone to stick to health guidelines in order to curb the infection.