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Vaccination of children aged 5-11 begins

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Vaccination of children aged 5-11 begins
Vaccination of children aged 5-11 against coronavirus begins in 11 cities in the country on Thursday. The photo was taken from Azimpur Model Govt Primary School in the capital. —Md nasir uddin

The coronavirus vaccination campaign for children aged 5 to 11 years started in city corporation areas of the country on Thursday.

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 across the country during the campaign that will continue for the next 14 days, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily.

The vaccination programme was officially inaugurated at Nilkhet Government Primary School in the capital at around 9:00 am, in the presence of the State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossain.

The state minister said this vaccination drive will be carried out soon at school and community levels in districts, upazilas, and municipalities.

As per the government’s decision, the inoculation of children aged 5 to 11 years will continue in 465 wards and 55 zones in 12 city corporation areas across the country. Some 1,860 teams will work every day to administer the vaccine in the temporary vaccination centres set up at schools.

On the first day of the campaign, the vaccine was administered in 15 centres in the Dhaka North City Corporation area and in six centres in the Dhaka South City Corporation area in the capital.      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 of the function.

The government has set a target to vaccinate 2.20 crore children aged between 5 and 11 years under this programme.