Bangladesh started its COVID-19 vaccination programme for children aged 5-11 by administering the Pfizer shot to 16 students from Abul Bashar Government Primary School in Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on Thursday.
The special paediatric Pfizer vaccine will be expanded nationwide on Aug 25.
The Dhaka District Primary Education Board gave the list of 16 students for the test on Wednesday. The students are studying in classes two through five.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque launched the programme at 12:30 pm at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The children then received the vaccine.
Bangladesh launched its COVID vaccination drive in February 2021, by giving the shot to people over 60. The age limit for registration was brought down in stages to 18. School and college students from 12-17 years of age were also given the vaccine last year.
Now, the Directorate General of Health Services is vaccinating children between the ages of 5 and 11 against the disease.
The children will get a Pfizer vaccine that has been specifically designed for children. According to the DGHS, three million doses of this paediatric vaccine have arrived in Bangladesh.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE VACCINE
The registration process for the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 for children is almost identical to the one for adults.
As children from this age group do not have national ID cards (NIDs), they must use their birth certificate details to register on the Surokkha website (www.surokkha.gov.bd).
The Surokkha web application form has three registration options - NIDs, birth registration certificates and passports.
Upon selecting one of these options, the applicant will need to input their 17-digit birth registration number. The device will automatically detect other information about the child.
The applicant must then input a mobile number after selecting the division, district, upazila/city corporation, union/municipality/thana and ward.
Registered children can then select the vaccination centre of their choice from a list of designated options.
The registration process will end after the applicant enters a One Time Password that is sent to their mobile phone number upon selecting the vaccination centre.