The students will get the vaccine at Colonel Malek Medical College Hospital
Bangladesh will enter another phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign with the inoculation of students aged under 18 today.
Till Wednesday, only students aged 18 or above had been receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), at a virtual press briefing said the DGHS would vaccinate students of two schools in Manikganj as a test run before the nationwide campaign for students aged 12-17 begins properly.
The DGHS was set to vaccinate 100 students, including 50 boys and 50 girls.
The students were selected from Manikganj Government High School and Manikganj SK Government Girls High School. The students of these two schools would receive the vaccine at the Colonel Malek Medical College Hospital in Manikganj town from 12 noon, the DGHS chief added.
The medical college is a permanent vaccination centre.
Dr Lutfor Rahman, acting civil surgeon of Manikganj, said a separate booth for the inoculation of students at the centre would be established soon.
The DGHS DG on Tuesday informed the media that a total of 21 centres had been selected to vaccinate students at the district and city corporation levels across the country.
“We have decided to conduct the initial test run at Manikganj, taking logistics and other matters into consideration,” he explained.
Officials from the DGHS, Health and Education Ministries are expected to be present during the inoculation.
During the briefing, streamed on the official Facebook page of DGHS in the afternoon, the DGHS DG said a handful of students would be vaccinated first and the post-vaccination situation observed for 10-14 days before proceeding further.
Dr Shamsul Haque, Member Secretary of the Vaccine Deployment Committee of DGHS, told Dhaka Tribune the DGHS would pay extra attention to vaccine recipients who are students under the age of 18.
The local Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) team would supervise the situation, he added.
A 3-member team with one consultant and two medical officers from the Manikganj district unit had been formed to look after all matters, including supervising the students post inoculation, the acting civil surgeon of Manikganj confirmed.
If everything went well, the nationwide campaign to inoculate students aged 12-17 would kick off on a massive scale, Dr Khurshid Alam said.
At least 37,205,766 people had received at least one dose of a vaccine and 18,455,169 among them got both doses till October 12.