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Students above 12 years of age need to be vaccinated to attend school

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 07 Jan 2022, 10:50 pm

Own Correspondent, Dhaka, January 7:�Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam has said that students above the age of 12 will not be able to attend school or college without the first dose of coronavirus vaccine. The cabinet secretary made the remarks at a briefing on the cabinet meeting at the secretariat on Thursday (January 6). The Ministry of Education will issue instructions in this regard in future.

A virtual meeting of the Cabinet was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. From Ganobhaban, the Prime Minister and Ministers from the Cabinet Division of the Secretariat joined the meeting via video conference.

The cabinet secretary said, "The Ministry of Education will issue instructions to the effect that students who have not been vaccinated with the first dose will not be able to come to school." The vaccine is now available everywhere, even in the village-level. That is why the directive is being imposed. It will be safer to go to school after being vaccinated, that is what will be said in the promotion campaign. Health, PID, local government, administration have been given the responsibility for the promotion campaign. The Ministry of Religion has also been instructed to direct the Imams to speak on the vaccination.

He said the education ministry had said that students who did not get the vaccine would not be able to attend school or college. They have been asked to do motivation for vaccination and also to do imposition. Students do not have to wait for registration to be vaccinated. They will get the vaccine only if they take birth registration and NID or any one of the identity cards.

At a meeting on January 3, the cabinet secretary said that the education ministry had made vaccination compulsory. The secretary said, "They have already given verbal instructions. It may be getting delayed to give written instructions due to transfer of secretary. Vaccination for people under the age of 12 has not yet come to our country. Something has happened in America, nowhere else it has happened."

Khandaker Anwarul Islam said that public gatherings should be restricted in social, political and religious events. Our talks are ongoing, if our technical people agree, it may happen that they will give restrictions on different occasions, imposing the limits for gatherings.