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Vaccination of school students to begin in a week: DGHS chief

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam on Tuesday said a campaign for vaccinating school students aged 12-17 will begin in the country within a week.

“The vaccination campaign for school students will begin within a week. We’ll use Pfizer vaccine for this. We have big plan in this regard. We’ve fixed 21 vaccination centres across the country, where this (Pfizer) vaccine can be preserved, for the drive,” he said.

Khurshid Alam came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after attending a programme at the DGHS headquarters in the capital.

He said the vaccination programme for schoolchildren will be conducted as per lists of children provided by the school authorities. “We’ll pass the lists on to the Surokkha app server afterwards for completing the registration process," he said.

Mentioning that separate vaccination centres will be set up at district and city corporation levels for the vaccination drive for students, the DGHS chief said it is not possible to inoculate children everywhere as there is no adequate facility to preserve the Pfizer vaccine all over the country.

He said though the World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet approved vaccination for students, many countries are giving the Pfizer vaccine to children.

Khurshid Alam said they will first run a trial run of the vaccination programme where 50-100 selected children will be given the jab initially. “We’ll start the main campaign after evaluating the side effects of the trial run.”

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque at a press conference on Sunday said children aged 12-17, particularly schoolchildren, would be inoculated against coronavirus soon as the WHO has given go-ahead in this regard. “During my recent visit to the WHO office in Geneva, I had a meeting with its director-general. He told me that they haven’t issued any circular about inoculating children aged 12-17. But he said you (Bangladesh) can carry out this. He agreed to give Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to children to prevent infection,” he had said.

“We have now a stock of 60 lakh doses of Pfizer vaccine which will be given to 30 lakh students. Another 70 lakh doses will arrive this month. There will be no shortage of vaccine for children,” he added.