Vaccination of school children started today

After many discussions, school-going students are finally coming under the coronavirus vaccine. Students of two schools in Manikganj will be vaccinated experimentally from today at the Colonel Malek Medical College Hospital.

In a virtual press conference on Wednesday, Director General of of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam said this.

“We will inoculate 100 students aged between 12 and 17 from two government schools with Pfizer vaccine and will observe their health condition for 10 to14 days, If we get positive report from the vaccinated students, we will launch a large scale programme for students in Dhaka city,” he said

According to DGHS officials, a total of 100 children will be inoculated as part of the test run. Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque is expected to inaugurate the test run programme for children at the Colonel Malek Medical College Hospital in Manikganj.

The health ministry sources said the government has decided to vaccinate children aged between 12 and 17 years as the World Health Organization(WHO) has agreed on Pfizer jabs for this age group (12-17) of kids.

Children will be allowed to complete their registration using birth registration certificate, it added.

Bangladesh set a target to vaccinate the country’s 80 percent population by 2022 under an accelerated inoculation campaign, expecting receipt of required COVID-19 jabs within estimated timeline.

Earlier on Sunday, the health minister said  at the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons auditorium in Mohakhali that they agreed to vaccinate the children. On that day, he said, the government now has 6 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, out of which 3 million doses will be given. The remaining 3 million doses will be left for the second dose.

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