Minister: 75% of population got at least one Covid vaccine dose

Vaccination for primary school students aged five and above will start soon upon getting WHO’s approval, says the health minister

Nearly 75% of the population in Bangladesh has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said. 

“Nearly 30 million people in the country are currently waiting for the second dose,” he told reporters at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Headquarters in Dhaka on Monday. 

Around 22.5 million people would be given the second dose of the vaccine between March 28 and 30, he added. 

Health Minister Zahid Maleque speaks to the media at the DGHS office in the capital on Monday, March 7, 2022 Courtesy

Maleque said that as many as 2,200 million vaccines had been administered throughout the country till date. “More than 30 million doses have been administered in nine days since February 26. 

“We have a few extra doses which we will give as gifts to some countries,” the minister said, adding that the government had spent nearly Tk40,000 crore for purchasing and administering the Covid doses.

He mentioned that, in an effort to contain the spread of Covid, vaccination for primary school students aged five and above would start soon after getting the World Health Organization (WHO)’s approval.

“We have asked the Education Ministry to prepare a list of the students. We also have contacted the WHO for its approval,” Maleque told reporters after an emergency on the nationwide vaccination situation at the Secretariat.

Since the inauguration of the mass inoculation drive in Bangladesh on February 7 last year, some 86,844,218 people have been given two doses while 125,490,996 received their first doses till Sunday. Besides, 4,253,378 people have received booster doses.