Medical &Health

No decision yet on vaccinating the under-18: DGHS

The government is yet to take any decision on bringing people below 18 years under Covid-19 vaccination, said the Directorate General of Health Services on Sunday.

“So far we know, no decision has been taken yet. But the government is thinking about it. Measures will be taken as per the decision of the National Advisory Committee,” said Dr Shamsul Haq, director of DGHS Vaccination Programme.

He said some university students were vaccinated as per the list of the University Grants Commission.

Those who don’t have NID cards and are yet to get vaccinated may get their jabs showing birth certificates, he added.

However, on Saturday Health Minister Zahid Maleque said students below 18 can be vaccinated with Pfizer and Moderna jabs following the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) directives as per the availability of vaccine doses.

About 80% teachers and students involved in medical treatment have been brought under vaccination campaigns, the minister added.

Besides, pregnant and lactating women can get jabs without SMS from nearby vaccination centres at any convenient time after registration, Dr Shamsul Haq said on Sunday.

“We have changed the previous rules for vaccinating pregnant and lactating women and given new instructions,” he added.

Moreover, Dr Shamsul said pregnant and lactating women must take a doctor’s advice card before getting the jab. They can go to the vaccination centres and get a jab by signing a letter of consent.

Furthermore, he said the second dose of the vaccination campaign will start from September 7. In this case, people have been asked to go to their respective vaccination centres to take their second shots. Everyone must bring the vaccine card.

Source: United News of Bangladesh