Bangladesh

Booster dose starts in December: Health Minister

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malek has said that booster doses (third doses) will be given to corona vaccines over the age of 60 this month.

The health minister was speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting at the secretariat on Monday (December 13).

“We have decided to give the booster, we will give the booster,” he said. I also plan to give it to those who are in their sixties and frontline workers. Activities are going on in this regard. The instructions we gave. Security apps need some updates. We hope to start work this month.

The Minister said that the preparations of the Ministry of Health will also be done. We will also be able to prepare for ICT. A priority has to be set. We have a plan to give it to everyone soon.

“As far as you know about Omicron, the Bangladesh cricket team came from Zimbabwe and they were in quarantine in Sonargaon,” he said. We tested them several times and found Omicron in both. We got this information by genome sequencing. They are well now, healthy. We did not find Omicron in any other third person’s body. We have also arranged tests for those who are in the hotel and have come in contact with them. We’re still fine. We have also strengthened border screening and airport screening for this reason.

“The virus is deadly, but we haven’t heard of any deaths,” he said. We have to be vigilant about this. Yesterday we also saw a rate of 1.5 infections. It is now on the rise. We also died on Sunday. It was zero, 1, or 2. We have to follow the hygiene rules. I will call on those who have not been vaccinated to be safe with the vaccine. ‘

Regarding the preparations, the health minister said, “We have kept our hospitals as they were.” It has been further strengthened. We are now installing about 60 oxygen generators. Of these, 30 are nearing completion. The rest we will actually plant in the country in the next few days.

Regarding vaccination, the minister said, “We have given 11 crore vaccines so far.” There are plans to give another one and a half crore to two crore vaccinations this month. We have about 4 crore vaccines. Today I will get 4 million doses of vaccine from UK. Ticker has no problem.

The health minister said the prime minister had asked about the progress of vaccination of school children. I said we didn’t make that much progress there. Since we have to pay Pfizer, we don’t have cold chains in all corners of the country. So we are making arrangements for vaccination in all the places. We’ve taken some steps to make it even faster. We have instructed to increase one thousand booths. The previous two and a half thousand booths.

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