Vaccination of school children begins Thursday on experimental basis
Published : Wednesday, 13 October, 2021 at 9:09 PM Count : 284
The government is set to launch coronavirus vaccination programme for school students on Thursday on experimental basis.
Students aged 12-17 years will get the vaccine on that day at two schools in Manikganj district on experimental basis.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque will inaugurate the vaccination at Colonel Malek Medical College in Manikganj district at 12 noon on Wednesday.
Health Secretary Lokman Hossain Mia, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam and other high officials will attend the event.
DG Health Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam stated it on Facebook live on Wednesday.
He said the students aged 12-17 years of two government schools in Manikganj will receive Pfizer vaccine doses. Those receiving vaccine would be monitored on the next 10 to 15 days. Then the vaccination campaign would be launched in the capital in a bigger way.
"Vaccinating children is a very sensitive issue. We are going to start this difficult task. We need cooperation from all concerned including the Ministry of Education, Education Minister, Education Secretary and other senior officials. We hope that everybody will get involved in the task."
On Sunday, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said he talked to the World Health Organisation (WHO) director general and GAVI's representative during his recent visit to Switzerland. They gave their consent to vaccinating children in Bangladesh.
The Health Minister said there are 60 lakh Pfizer vaccine doses in the hands of government now. Some 30 lakh of the doses would be given. The rest 30 lakh doses would be retained for vaccinating children with second doses.