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DGHS: Over 14m students administered 1st dose of Covid jab

On November 1 last year, the vaccination campaign for students aged between 12 and 17 years began

Update : 13 Feb 2022, 03:23 PM

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Saturday said a total of 1,43,73,955 students have been administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines so far.

Meanwhile, 39,70,706 received the second dose across the country during the same period.

On February 6, the government started a special drive to inoculate qawmi madrasah students with Covid-19 vaccines. As many as 4,418 madrasah students were given the jabs till now.     

On November 1 last year, the vaccination campaign for students aged between 12 and 17 years began countrywide. 

The government set a target to vaccinate people with 280 million Covid-19 vaccine shots including booster doses.

According to the data of Management Information System of DGHS, a total of 10,01,47,541 people received the first dose of Covid vaccines while 6,81,60,023  received the second dose as of Thursday.

Meanwhile, 24,23,508 people have received the booster dose of the Covid vaccine so far to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

The Health Ministry sources said the government has lowered the minimum age limit for the third time after launching the nationwide booster shot campaign on December 19, 2021, to scale up its efforts for containing the spread of the lethal virus. 

Initially, 60 years and above was the minimum age for receiving the booster dose but later the authorities fixed the minimum age of 50 years and above on January 17.

Besides, the government has set 40 years as the minimum age to expedite the booster dose campaign. 

As part of intensifying the nationwide inoculation drive, the government decided to lower the minimum age by five years as such now people aged 25 years and above are allowed to receive Covid-19 vaccines. 

Earlier on July 19 last year, the authorities fixed 30 years as the minimum age for receiving coronavirus vaccines which they later changed to 25 years, the DGHS sources said.

People aged 55 and above were only eligible for taking vaccines but the decision was been revised a day after the launching of the countrywide Covid vaccination campaign on February 7 last year.  

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