Replying to a question over the explanation of that decision, the cabinet secretary said the students, aged above 12, will have to receive at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to attend schools and colleges.

"So, an emphasis was given on carrying out a motivational campaign so that students receive vaccines," he said, adding that the vaccines are available in rural areas, too.

Anwarul Islam said the cabinet meeting discussed how to fight Omicron, the new Covid variant alongside scheduled agenda.

He said the people will have to show Covid-19 vaccination certificates to dine at restaurants, travel by trains and aeroplanes, and visit shopping malls and the international trade fair as well as other public places.

The decision would be enforced after a certain period based on the opinion of the national technical committee, he said.

Talking about other decisions to fight Omicron, the Cabinet Secretary said wearing face masks is a must outside homes.

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