Tuesday, 5 July, 2022
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Fresh chance of booster dose shots

The latest data released by the DGHS shows a significant fall in corona cases since the pandemic began in March, 2020. The Covid-19 positivity rate has come down and the number of people seeking testing also lowered. That means people are starting to get comfortable and feel less threatened by the virus. There can be a mistaken idea that the virus threat has come to a complete end. But, there is no room for lowering guard. Health officials are warning everyone that even though the number of cases has dropped, now is not the time to turn back on an enemy that has roughly claimed 141,000 lives in Bangladesh, according to an estimation of the WHO during the first two years of the pandemic.

The novel coronavirus is highly unpredictable, with new variants and mutations surfacing every now and then, at times wreaking havoc on communities. As for example, we may take the case of China. Despite pursuing a strict zero-Covid-19 policy the last couple of years, the country now struggles to fight off new outbreaks of the Omicron variant. So, the virus is still a threat. People should not stop taking measures to protect themselves from it. It is important for everyone to continue to keep their guard up.

The government has done a commendable job by bringing in as many people as they could under the Covid-19 immunisation programme. According to the DGHS data, a total of 128,766,795 people officially received first dose of coronavirus vaccine in the country till May 30. Of them, 117,601,133 received the second dose during the period. But, we must have to keep in mind that there are Covid variants that have the capacity to evade vaccine protection and infect individuals. Booster vaccination helps refresh people's immune system keeping them optimally protected against coronavirus. So, the government has given an announcement of launching a seven-day booster dose campaign from June 4. People aged 18 and above who have received their second dose at least four months ago, can receive the booster dose. They should immediately come forward to make an appointment in this regard.