Bangladesh plans to vaccinate 8 million people on Hasina’s birthday
The campaign will take place in addition to the country’s regular immunization schedule, the health minister said at a virtual press conference on Sunday.
“We have already done a similar vaccination campaign and we will do another on September 28. It is the Honorable Prime Minister’s birthday, so we plan to start it at that time. Currently we are giving 600,000 doses per day and this program will continue as well. “
“We will bring the vaccines to villages and rural areas. Our goal is to reach those who live in remote areas, the poor, the elderly and others who may have difficulty getting to immunization centers.
When asked who would get the vaccines, the health minister said he would be available to anyone who signed up.
“People over 25 and those who have registered will receive the vaccines. Men and women over 40, people with physical disabilities and those living in remote areas will be given priority. Those who bring their national identity card can also get vaccinated as part of this campaign. “
The vaccination campaign will encompass 4,600 unions, 1,054 municipalities and 443 neighborhoods within municipalities, the health minister said.
Each union will have three kiosks, each municipality one and each municipal ward three, he said. The vaccines will be administered from 9 a.m.
A total of 32,106 health workers were assigned to the vaccination campaign, alongside more than 48,000 volunteers providing support.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services, more than 24.19 million people received the first dose of the COVID vaccine on Saturday. Some 16.03 million received the second dose.