Trial vaccination for primary students begins...

Trial vaccination for primary students begins

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:59 PM, 11 August 2022   Updated: 05:06 PM, 11 August 2022



To curb the COVID virus, the trial vaccination program for children aged 5 to 11 has started today, Thursday (August 11).

Health Minister Zahid Maleque inaugurated the vaccination program for children at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the capital at 12:30 pm.

If everything goes well, the government will start a mass vaccination program for children in the last week of this month. 
This was informed in a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Wednesday.

According to DGHS, the vaccination program starting today is mainly “experimental”. 16 students of Abul Bashar Government Primary School in the capital have been kept ready to receive the COVID vaccine jab.

DGHS sources said the Covid-19 vaccine has not been given to a large number of children since they are young. “After vaccinating 16 students today, after a 14-day observation period, from August 25, a full-fledged children vaccination program will be conducted in 12 city corporations across the country,” the agency also said.

Later, vaccine jabs will also be applied to the district and upazila level students. The first phase of vaccination will be held from August 25 to September 7, depending on the overall situation. After two months, the second phase of vaccination will begin, DGHS added.

Recently, the United States donated 1.5 million more doses of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for Bangladeshi children (5-11) to protect them from the coronavirus. A specially formulated Pfizer vaccine will be used for children. Around 15,02,400 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived in the country on July 30.

The government decided to vaccinate children in April. With the help of the Ministry of Education, the work of preparing the list of children is going on through the concerned educational institutions. There are about 22 million children in the age group of 5-11 years in the country.