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Vaccination for children aged 5-11 begins today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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The coronavirus vaccination campaign for children aged 5 to 11 years will start in educational institutions across the country today.

"Vaccination for the children will start on August 25. I would like to call all guardians to bring your children for vaccination. Before the inoculation, the children will have to be registered through respective schools," Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maelque said at an event on Wednesday.

According to sources from the Directorate General of Health Sources (DGHS), children aged 5–11 years will be inoculated

with the coronavirus vaccine in schools of both Dhaka South and North City Corporations.

The vaccine will be administered in 15 centres in the Dhaka North City Corporation area and in six centres in the Dhaka South City Corporation area of the capital on Thursday.

The vaccination will continue from 9am till 3pm nonstop in the vaccination centres set up in the schools.

As per the government’s plan, the inoculation of children aged 5 to 11 years will continue in 465 wards and 55 zones of 12 city corporation areas across the country from August 25.

The vaccination will continue for 14 days across the country while 1,860 teams will work every day to administer the vaccine.

The children will be inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine (Pfizer Paediatric Formulation-COMIRNATY) with an eight-week gap between the two shots.

Bangladesh launched its coronavirus vaccination programme for children aged 5–11 years by administering the Pfizer-BioNTech shots specially made for children to 16 students from Abul Bashar Government Primary School in Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on August 11.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque launched the programme at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on the day at a function.