The daylong Covid-19 vaccination campaign that began Tuesday morning is likely to be extended for two more days due at it witnessed lukewarm response, said Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr Khurshid Alam.
Bangladesh launched the fresh round of vaccination drive against Covid, aiming to cover a whopping 75 lakh people in 24 hours.
The presence of people is less at health centres as people are not interested to get vaccinated with booster doses due to low infection rate, said Khurshid Alam while talking to reporters after visiting vaccination activities at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday.
The special vaccination drive with an aim to inoculate started around 8.30am across the country including Dhaka, he said.
Replying to a question whether they will be able to achieve today’s target, he said it can be said after the end of the day. “If the target is not achieved then the campaign will continue for two more days.”
“We are trying our best to make people aware through publicity and the media can play an important role in this regard. As Covid-19 is on a rising trend now so people should take their booster dose,” he said.
He also said the Covid-19 shots can be administered to children aged between 5-11 years at the end of this month as many vaccines and syringes will arrive in the country.
Already a meeting was held with the Education Ministry and another meeting will be held with the authorities concerned to take a decision over the vaccination drive, he said adding “At first we will launch the vaccination programme in Dhaka city then in other parts of the country in phases.”