Published:  03:06 AM, 20 September 2021

Government mulls vaccinating 20m people a month

Government mulls vaccinating 20m people a month

Professor Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, DG of Directorate General of Health Services- DGHS has said, the government is mulling vaccinating 20 million doses of Covid vaccines a month.On Sunday, he told journalits in Dhaka, "We are making efforts to expand the vaccination mission and citizens aged 60 years or above will be inoculated with on-spot registration at the centres''Professor Khurshid Alam went on to say, "We always prioritize the elderly in the vaccination drive because we have seen people above 60 years are getting infected and dying in most of the cases."

However, the DGHS boss did not specify when they would kick off executing the plan. Khurshid also said the DGHS was working to bring children under the vaccination programme. As the schools have reopened, the authorities will shift some of the vaccination centres from the educational institutions to auditoriums or hall rooms in the upazilas along with the local health complexes.

At the union level, sub-centres and health and family welfare centres will be used for the vaccination. At some places, the government will vaccinate people two days a week, according to Khurshid.The ICT Division will send SMS to the citizens by designating the centres based on the unions they live in after registration on the Surokkha web platform.

the World Health Organization's approval to go ahead with the plan to inoculate children above 12 years against COVID-19.More than 42 million people have registered for the vaccine until Sunday. Nearly 22.5 million people have received the first vaccine. The number of people who have received both doses is over 14.82 million.

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