Thursday 23, March 2023

2nd round of mass Covid vaccination begins

Bangladesh on Monday rolled out the second round of its mega Covid vaccination drive without any registration, aiming to achieve the target of vaccinating 90 per cent people of the country.

This round of the campaign will continue till March 30, said a notification issued by the Health Ministry. Vaccine seekers will get the second dose from the centers where they had received the first dose during the 1st round of this campaign, according to the notification.

People aged 18 years or above, who have passed four months after receiving the 2nd dose, will be able to receive the booster shots at the centers even if they have not received an SMS.

Besides, the vaccine seekers aged 12 years or above, who have passed 28 days after getting the 1st jab can get the second jab under this campaign. But, in case of AstraZeneca vaccine only, the 2nd dose should be administered two months after the 1st dose, it added.

Students aged 12 years and above who have not yet received the 1st dose against Covid-19 were urged to take the 1st dose during this campaign.

Meanwhile, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be administered as booster doses to the frontliners, senior citizens and women depending on availability, said the notification.

The government took the initiative to administer at least 1 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses on February 26 to achieve the target of vaccinating 90 percent of people in the country. Later, this campaign was ex-tended till February 28.


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