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Jabbing 12-17-year-old students likely to begin Oct 30

Published : 21 Oct 2021 10:36 PM | Updated : 24 Oct 2021 03:37 PM

Vaccination of students, aged 12 to 17 is likely to begin by October 30, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque.

He made the disclosure remarks after the inauguration of 'Student Health Examination' and 'National Deworming Week' through junior doctors at a city hotel on Thursday.

He said the students list is supposed to be prepared by the education ministry on October 30. Once the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) receives the list, the vaccination will kick off.

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The health minister said, “DGHS is always ready to begin vaccination. The number of school children is around 15 million, for whom 30 million doses of vaccine will be required. We have the vaccine in reserve.”

"If our purchased vaccines continue to come on schedule, we hope to be able to vaccinate more than 30 million people every month,” he added.

Earlier on October 14, on a trial run, 120 students of some schools in Manikganj were given the first dose of Pfizer vaccine. They are kept under observation for 10 to 14 days.

Zahid Maleque informed after the observation, Covid-19 vaccination for the age group of 12 to 17 years will soon begin all over the country.

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