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8m to be vaccinated tomorrow on PM’s birthday

  • Staff Corresponden
  • 27 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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8m to be vaccinated tomorrow on PM’s birthday

A total of 8 million people aged above 25 will be inoculated across the country tomorrow under a special vaccination campaign, marking the birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“Our target is to vaccinate as many as 80 lakh people on September 28, marking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s birthday,” Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said.

He came up with the announcement while addressing a virtual press conference in the capital on Sunday.

The vaccination campaign will start at 9:00am. The registered vaccine seekers will get priority in getting the jabs, the minister added.

He said the mass vaccination programme will be held in areas of 4,000 union parishads and 1,054 municipalities and 443 ward areas in city corporations of the country.

A total of around 80,000 workers, including 32,406 government workers and 48,059 volunteers, have completed all necessary preparations to run the mass vaccination.

“Three vaccine booths will be set up in every union parishad, one in municipality and three in city corporation areas,” Zahid Maleque said.

He further said under the ongoing vaccination programme, we are administering 6 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines every day. “We will increase the capacity."

Mentioning that only the first dose will be given that day, the minister said priority will be given to women aged above 40 years, elderly, physically challenged, students and people living in hard to reach areas. Pregnant women will not be vaccinated during the campaign. Mentioning that around 85 percent beds of corona patients now remain vacant due to a gradual decline in the infection cases in the country, he said.

It has been possible to reopen the educational institutions and offices after improving the corona situation due to the success of the health sector, Zahid Maleque added.

Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Prof Dr Meerjadey Sebrina Flora, additional director general of the DGHS were also present.