Students being administered COVID vaccine as test run
Published: 09:12 AM, 14 October 2021 Updated: 01:04 PM, 14 October 2021
A test run for Covid-19 vaccination for children is underway at the Colonel Malek Medical College Hospital in Manikganj on Thursday. A total of 100 children will be inoculated as part of the test run.
Earlier on Wednesday, Director General of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam said, "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 to 14 days."
"If we get positive report from the vaccinated students, we will launch a large scale programme for students in Dhaka city," he added.
The Bangladesh 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.