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No 1st, 2nd dose of corona vaccine after Oct 3

Weeklong special vaccination campaign begins

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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No 1st, 2nd dose of corona vaccine after Oct 3

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The weeklong special corona vaccination campaign that started on Wednesday on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will continue till October 3 to bring unvaccinated people under the vaccination coverage.

 At a press conference at the headquarters of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Mohakhali, its director general, Prof. Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, said they have started the special vaccination campaign to reach the target fixed for the vaccination programme against coronavirus.

"Some 97 percent of the targeted people have already taken the first dose of the vaccine, while 90 percent took the second dose, and 41 percent took the third or booster dose of the vaccine. Those who are left to be vaccinated will take the vaccine in the special vaccination campaign," he said.

The DGHS chief mentioned that the special vaccination campaign will continue till Monday.

"After October 3, no first dose and second dose of the vaccine will be administered. However, administering booster doses will continue," he added.

"A number of vaccines from different companies that came in phases in the country will expire after that time. That's why administering the first dose and the second dose of the vaccine will be stopped after October 3," said Khurshid Alam.

"However, we have a stock of three crore doses of vaccine in our hand now," he added.

Responding to a question, he said the government has yet to make any decision regarding administering the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

"The World Health Organisation didn’t give any instruction in this regard. A few countries are giving the 4th dose as per their own protocol.         If we get instruction from the WHO in this regard, we will consider it," he said.

Regarding vaccination of children aged 5 to 11, the health directorate DG said inoculation of children aged five to 11 years will start at the district and upazila level from October 11.

Speaking at the press conference, COVID-19 vaccine deployment committee member secretary Dr Md Shamsul Haque said many more coronavirus vaccines will come to the country soon.

Additional director general (admin) Prof Dr Ahmedul Kabir and director (disease control) Prof Dr Nazmul Islam were also present at the press conference.