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Health minister hopes to start booster doses in 7-10 days

Update : 11 Dec 2021, 10:32 PM

Health Minister Zahid Maleque hopes to start administering booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the country within seven to 10 days, although the National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NiTAG) has not taken a conclusive decision on booster doses yet.

“I am waiting for the recommendation of the National Advisory Committee. The app is in the process of being updated. Hopefully, we can start the campaign in seven to 10 days,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday.

NiTAGs is yet to clear the booster dose as the country has not fully inoculated 80% of the total population. However, health authorities are still considering the option as initial studies suggest that booster doses improve protection against Covid-19.

In response to a question, the health minister said: “Booster doses are being given to adults in different countries of the world. We also decided to give booster doses to the elderly. We will give a booster dose to those in their sixties and frontliners, as they are most vulnerable.”

Meanwhile, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Director General Prof ABM Khurshid Alam said they are ready to start expanding the vaccination program as soon as the app is updated.

“It may be done this week or next week,” he added. 

According to DGHS, 42,043,323 people (25% of the population) were fully inoculated and 66,287,396 people had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Thursday. 

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