The government will now run countrywide coronavirus vaccination campaign for two days per week in a bid to bring maximum people under the vaccination programme against the deadly pathogen.
Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) made the announcement at a virtual press briefing on Sunday.
Khurshid Alam said, "As schools have been re-opened, we are now unable to use big open spaces such as school and college campuses to set up vaccination centres. Now, we planned to set up vaccination centres at upazila auditoriums."
Describing their decision, the DGHS chief said the government will run coronavirus vaccination in upazila health complex and upazila auditorium, alongside the union level vaccination programme.
“The coronavirus inoculation will be carried out in union sub-centre and union family planning and welfare centre in two days a week except the days of regular vaccination programme,” he said.
Khurshid Alam further said people can take coronavirus vaccine in a day per week through on-spot registration in union level, as part of the countrywide campaign.
“We have adequate vaccine in stock. We have also confirmed to get enough vaccines in the days to come,” he said.
Regarding inoculating the children, the DGHS DG stated that plans are underway to vaccinate them as soon as possible.
"We will start vaccinating children as soon as the required data of the vaccines for children reach our hands," added Khurshid Alam.
Meanwhile, Dr Nazmul Islam, spokesperson of the DGHS at its health bulletin on Sunday said there is no decision yet on inoculating children, aged 12-17, with the coronavirus vaccine.
"We have not received any decision in this regard yet. We will certainly inform if there is any decision," he said.
Dr Nazmul Islam said the decision would be taken by the Ministry of Health and DGHS with the advice of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and others.