Students aged 12 or above to be vaccinated by Jan 31: Moni

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Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Monday said all the students, aged 12 or above, will be vaccinated with at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine by January 31 so that they can attend schools and colleges.

“Those who have not been vaccinated yet will join classes online after January 12 and they’ll be allowed to attend classes after receiving the vaccine,” she said this while addressing a press briefing at the secretariat.

The education minister said 48,19,554 students have been vaccinated against Covid so far.

Students can get the vaccine showing their respective institution’s identity card. In addition, if you do not have an ID card, you can get a vaccine by showing the registration card. They will not need to show other documents, said the minister. She further said that in-person classes will continue as usual. No plans were made to close the institutions soon, Moni added.

At present, students of national universities are lagging far behind in vaccination. That is why the National University, Open University meeting will be held on Tuesday.

Vaccine recipients will attend the class in person. And those who have not yet been vaccinated and will be ill will be able to join online classes at home, the minister said.

“Educational institutions will be kept open and regular monitoring will be done. In addition, meetings will be held every week with the National Advisory Committee on the overall situation, she said.

“As we’ve planned, we hope it’ll be possible to complete the vaccination of students in 397 upazilas by January 15, in three upazilas by January 17, in 56 upazilas by January 20, in 15 upazilas by January 22, in 35 upazilas by January 25 and 11 upazilas by 31st January.”

“In other words, by January 31, we’ll be able to vaccinate 75,54,606 students with the first dose at least,” Moni added.