Government to administer anti-Covid booster shots from today
Dhaka, December 28: The government will start administering the anti-Covid booster doses from today (Tuesday), as a measure to counter the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Doctors, nurses, government officials, media workers and the elderly will be brought under the booster dose on a priority basis. The government will be using Pfizer doses. Those who will be vaccinated will receive an SMS.
Health Secretary Lokman Hossain Mia and Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Ahmedul Kabir made the remarks while attending a function at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Monday (December 27).
The health secretary said booster doses were started experimentally last Sunday (December 19) to combat the coronavirus infection. It will officially start on Tuesday. He said that the Surokkha App has already been prepared. He added that booster doses would be given to doctors, nurses, government officials, media personnel and the elderly on a priority basis. The official said that there is no vaccine crisis in the country.
Earlier, on December 19, the booster dose program was started with 17 senior citizens to prevent the new type of coronavirus- Omicron. Runu Veronica Costa, a senior staff nurse at Kurmitola General Hospital, was the first to receive a booster dose.
Director General of the DGHS Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Law Minister Anisul Huq, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim and Health Minister Zahid Maleque also took booster doses.