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Vaccination of schoolchildren begins

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Vaccination of schoolchildren begins
A student is getting vaccinated after inoculation of schoolchildren is inaugurated at Motijheel Ideal School and College in the capital on Monday. – Md nasir uddin

A coronavirus vaccination programme for schoolchildren started in the capital on Monday with the aim of bringing the maximum people of the country under the inoculation drive.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque and Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni inaugurated the vaccination programme at Motijheel Ideal School and College in the morning.

On the opening day, as many as 1,998 children received the Pfizer vaccine in the capital and 1, 054 others in Manikganj.

Addressing the inaugural programme, the health minister said the government has taken a decision to inoculate around 3 crore children aged 12-17 years with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

“A total of 96 lakh doses of Pfizer vaccine have already arrived in the country.  Of them, 14 lakh doses have been administered. Ninety-two lakh more doses of Pfizer vaccine will arrive soon,” he said.

Mentioning that the country needs 3 crore doses of Pfizer vaccine to inoculate the schoolchildren, Zahid Maleque further said they have already around 2 crore doses of the vaccine.  One crore doses will be arranged soon. He said the government has planned to inoculate 40,000 schoolchildren in eight centres in the capital every day.

“Since the Pfizer vaccine has to be kept at a special temperature, all measures will be taken to vaccinate children aged 12-17 years across the country as soon as possible.”

Dipu Moni said SSC candidates will receive corona vaccine on a priority basis before their examinations beginning on November 14. “We’ll try to vaccinate them before SSC exams begin. Students of other classes will be vaccinated as well,” she said.

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller, Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division Md Mahbub Hossain and Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, , among others, addressed the inaugural programme with Senior Secretary Md Lokman Hossain Miah of the health services division in the chair.

Health ministry sources said the vaccination programme for children aged 12-17 will run in eight centres from Tuesday and the number of the centres will be increased.

“We’ve chosen eight schools as cluster centres for the vaccination programme. These schools will vaccinate their own students and the students from neighbouring schools,” Dr Md Shamsul Haque, line director (MNC & AH) of the DGHS, said.