12-18 year-olds to receive Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccine
Dhaka, September 4: Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be given to students above 12 years of age and under 18 years of age. However, the decision to start immunization of students above 12 years of age will be taken subject to adequate vaccine doses. Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malek said this.
"According to World Health Organization guidelines, vaccination of school and college students will depend on age. If the student is over 18 years of age, any vaccine can be given. However, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being given to students over 12 years of age, but under 18 years of age in the developed world. If students are vaccinated in our country, they will be vaccinated following the guidelines of the World Health Organization," the Health Minister said.
The minister made the remarks while inspecting the Comprehensive (Licensing / Pre-Registration) examination center under the Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council on Saturday (September 4). He visited an examination center at Tejgaon in the capital.
"The importance of nurses in healthcare is immense. Yet the proportion of doctors and nurses in the country is low. Three nurses are required as opposed to one physician. But not really. Doctors and nurses in government hospitals are now equal. The number of nurses has been increased during the tenure of the present government. Will be further increased in the future," he said.
"More than 80 percent of students involved in medical education have been vaccinated. Other students are also being vaccinated. All students will be vaccinated subject to vaccination in phases," he said.
"Even though classes and exams have been online for so long, the medical colleges will be opened very soon in accordance with the hygiene rules. Physical class-examination will start there," the minister added.