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Expats won’t face ambiguity regarding vaccine

Published : 24 Jun 2021 10:04 PM | Updated : 25 Jun 2021 02:12 AM

Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad has expressed hope that the complications regarding vaccination of expatriates will be resolved within a month.

The minister made the remarks on Thursday at the subsidy cheque distribution ceremony for hotel quarantine expenses of Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia. 

Meanwhile, the expatriates will be able to start registration through the Surokkha app from next week, said Secretary to the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ahmed Munirush Salehin. 

He added that expatriates who do not have National Identity Card (NID) can also register with a copy of their passport or Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) card.

He further said “We are trying to find out if the expatriates can be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine that is in stock. We are discussing the issue with the Health Secretary”.

Meanwhile, a crowd of expatriates was noticed in front of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment on Thursday morning. 

The migrants said their visas will expire soon but they are not getting any assurance about getting vaccinated yet.

Many Saudi Arabia and Kuwait-bound migrants have completed registration for the Sinopharm vaccine. However, the two countries are yet to confirm whether they will accept this vaccine or not.