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Jabbing school children to begin in a week

Published : 27 Oct 2021 10:31 PM | Updated : 28 Oct 2021 01:07 PM

Vaccination of school children aged from 12 to 17 against Coronavirus is likely to begin within a week.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni made the remarks at a programme of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the city on Wednesday.

“The vaccination drive of school children will begin very soon. Registration is now underway. With a little more progress, we will be able to start jabbing them within a week,” she said.

Regarding the research, the Education Minister said, “We cannot use the allocation for research properly. Most of the time the allocated money for research goes back, as those who do research may not apply according to proper rules and regulations. There is a problem somewhere. Everyone should be more aware. Otherwise, good researchers will be disappointed.”

Earlier on October 21, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said the student list will be sent from the education ministry on October 30. Vaccination activities will be started after getting the list.

He also said there are about 15 million school students in the country, adding, "We are ready to vaccinate the students with Pfizer vaccine. We are now waiting for the registration of students.”

Earlier on October 14, on a trial run, 120 students of some schools in Manikganj were given the first dose of Pfizer vaccine. They have been kept under observation for 10 to 14 days.

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