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, said Education Minister Dipu Moni on Monday.
Addressing a press briefing at the secretariat, the education minister said 48,19,554 students have been vaccinated against Covid so far.
“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 told journalists.
“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,” she added.
The education minister also said no registration is required for students to get vaccinated. Students can get vaccinated after showing the identity cards of schools and colleges. A Level and O Level students as well as SSC, and HSC examinees will be able to get vaccinated showing their admit cards, she said.
Among 1,16,23,322 students aged 12-18, 44 lakh have received the first dose while 4,19,554 the second dose.
About the possible closure of educational institutions amid the Covid surge, Dipu Moni said, “Educational institutions won’t be closed now as we’ll strengthen monitoring there to enforce health protocols.”