First dose won’t be available after 3 October: Health minister

Health and family welfare minister Zahid MalequeFile photo

Almost 3.3 million people are yet to get the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, but the government has decided to stop administering the first dose by 3 October, health minister Zahid Maleque said on Saturday.

“Nearly 33 lakh people did not receive their first jab yet while 94 lakh people did not receive their second shot of Covid-19 vaccine across the country,” he said while speaking at a workshop over Covid-19 vaccination for children, aged 5-11 years, held at a Dhaka hotel, reports UNB.

He also urged people, who have not taken their first Covid-19 vaccine dose yet, to take the shot as soon as possible.

“After the month of October, there is a possibility of first and second doses of Covid-19 vaccine being out of stock. Besides, the vaccines will be expired by that time. So, those who did not receive the first, second and booster doses, have been asked to take their respective jabs immediately,” said the health minister.

Currently, some 250,000 people are working to ensure Covid-19 vaccination and of them 60,000 are administering the vaccines, he said, adding already 300 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered across the country.

Talking about administering Covid-19 vaccine among children, Maleque said ten lakh children have received Covid-19 jabs and some 215,000 children are waiting to receive the jabs.