Vaccination of children in capital from Oct 30
The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education is planning to start vaccinating schoolchildren, aged 12-17 years, in Dhaka city with Covid-19 vaccines from October 30.
Around 200 booths will be accommodated in the capitals Bangabandhu International Convention Center for this purpose.
"We hope that we will be able to vaccinate around 40,000 schoolchildren every day in Dhaka," Belal Hossain, director of the DSHE, said yesterday.
It is estimated that there were around 6.15 lakh students in the capital.
"We are discussing how to administer the vaccine. We will let everyone know when we finalise the plan," Belal Hossain said.
The DSHE sought information of students of 12-17 years, including their birth certificate number, from all schools and colleges of Dhaka. It asked all schools to submit the information by October 19.
After successful completion of this campaign, it will be expanded to 20 other districts, officials said.
According to the officials, there are more than a crore schoolchildren under this age group in the country.
For this, the government has a total of 30 lakh Pfizer vaccines in hand, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said last week.
Earlier on Thursday, the health directorate inoculated 120 schoolchildren, aged 12-17, with Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine in Manikganj as part of the trial run prior to largescale campaign.
With this, Bangladesh entered the small list of countries that started Covid-19 vaccination for children.
6 DIE, 293 GET COVID
Six more people died from Covid-19 in the 24 hours till 8:00am yesterday, said a DGHS press release.
With this, the total number of Covid deaths in the country now stands at 27,752 and the death rate is 1.77 percent.
At least 293 new infections were recorded during the period, taking the number of people infected to 15,65,174, added the release.
The positivity rate was 1.88 percent against 15,580 samples tested across the country in the 24 hours.
At least 442 Covid patients recovered during the period.
The number of recoveries rose to 15,27,333 and the recovery rate was 97.56 percent.
Among the six deceased, four were men and two women.