October 17, 2021, 10:08 pm

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‘Special vaccination program will continue tomorrow if targets are not met’

Special Correspondent:

Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister. Ahmed Kaikaus said the vaccination program will continue until the target of 75 lakh vaccines is met. Earlier we have given 34 lakh vaccines. Today, a minimum of 75 lakh vaccines will be given. If the target is not met somewhere, the program will continue tomorrow. Besides, regular vaccination program will also continue. He said a special campaign is being launched today on the occasion of the 75th birth anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He said this while visiting the vaccination center adjacent to Saptadinga Restaurant at 8 / A Dhanmondi in the capital on Tuesday (September 28).

The Chief Secretary said, “On this auspicious occasion of the Prime Minister’s birthday, we have taken various programs.” We have enough vaccines. In view of this, from today we will vaccinate big numbers together. This will end the list of those waiting for the tick.

He said the age limit for vaccination is now up to 25 years. We will bring this down step by step. We hope that the decision to vaccinate 80 percent of people by the end of this year or early next year will be implemented.

Asked why the presence of vaccinators was low on the day, he said crowds had been observed at many vaccination centers before. So this time we have given them an SMS and told them when to come. So the crowd has been less. Two-three months have passed since the registration of many, we are vaccinating them. We are also vaccinating older people. The decision is that no one will go back today without a vaccine.

In response to another question. Ahmed Kaikaus said the vaccination program will continue until the target of 75 lakh vaccines is met. Earlier we have given 34 lakh vaccines. Today, a minimum of 75 lakh vaccines will be given. Then if we have the vaccine, we will try to give 10 million doses of vaccine in one day. He said that every vaccine approved by the World Health Organization is standard. As a result, there is no opportunity to question the quality of the vaccine.

Asked who will get the 25 lakh Pfizer vaccines that have arrived in the country today, the Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister said, “Citizens of the country will get these vaccines.” However, he said the vaccine would be given to expatriate workers in countries where it is not possible to go without the Pfizer vaccine.

He was accompanied by Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Health Lokman Hossain Mia, Director General of the Department of Health Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Additional Director General of the Department of Health (Planning and Development) Prof Mirzadi Sebrina Flora and others.

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