The government will vaccinate 8 million people aged above 25 across the country today under a special vaccination campaign, marking the birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“We’ve set a target to inoculate 80 lakh people on September 28, the birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” said Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). He came up with the information while addressing a virtual press conference in the capital on Monday.
“During the vaccination campaign, only first dose of corona vaccine will be given to people aged above 25 years. The second dose will be given on the same date of the next month. However, the breastfeeding mothers and pregnant mothers will not be given the vaccine in the campaign,” he said.
Mentioning that the vaccination campaign will start from 9am, Khurshid said the vaccination will continue uninterruptedly until reaching the target.
“Our teams will wait one hour even after inoculating the last person in a bid to ensure reaching the target,” he added.
He further said the regular vaccination programme against Covid-19 and EPI vaccination programme will also continue simultaneously during the special vaccination campaign against the coronavirus.
The DGHS chief said they set a target to inoculate around 1500 in union parishad vaccination centres, 500 in each ward in municipality area and 1,000 in each ward in metropolitan city area.
Khurshid also said one vaccination booth will be set up in a ward in each union parishad, one centre in each ward of municipality area and one centre in each ward in city area.
Earlier, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque announced the special vaccination campaign at a virtual press conference on Sunday.
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.
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.