Health Minister Zahid Maleque Tuesday said children aged between 5 and 12 would be administered vaccines to protect them COVID-19 infection.
"We have taken the decision to inoculate children aged 5 and 12 years with COVID-19 vaccines after approval of the World Health Organization (WHO)..... The country has sufficient number of vaccines, which are eligible for children," he told a function here, an official release said, BSS reports.
The function was held at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the city. Maleque said, "There are 2.20 crore children aged between 5 and 12 in the country. Registration is mandatory through Surokkha app for receiving COVID-19 vaccine."
"Since early June, the infection rate of coronavirus has been increasing sharply.... now the country is witnessing a rising trend of the deadly virus," he added. The health minister said BD has become a role model for controlling coronavirus as the country successfully handled three waves of the deadly virus.