The Directorate General of Health Services has lowered the minimum age for Covid-19 vaccines by another five years to 30, as more doses arrive after the resumption of the inoculation drive. Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of DGHS, confirmed the decision to bdnews24.com on Monday."Citizens above 30 years old will be able to apply for the vaccine from now on," he said.
Bangladesh opened the registration for vaccines to citizens above 40 years old and frontline workers in the fight against the pandemic on Jan 26.The government rolled out its COVID-19 inoculation drive with Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Feb 7. The vaccination drive was halted due to the shortage of doses on Apr 25. It resumed mass vaccination last month as it received Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines under the global sharing platform COVAX, and Sinopharm vaccine from China. More doses are expected to arrive regularly.The government lowered the minimum age for COVID-19 vaccines to 35 years on Jul 5.