Health Minister Zahid Maleque has informed that booster doses of corona vaccine will be given from Sunday (Dec 19) under trial basis.
He delivered the information while answering questions of the newsmen at a program organized on the occasion of birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Victory Day and golden jubilee of independence at Manikganj sadar upazila on Friday.
The health minister said, frontline activists like physicians, nurses, government officers and employees, mass media activists and senior citizens of the country will be given the booster doses as preferential basis.
He said, booster doses will be given to people aged over 60 years and severe sick patients. The campaign will begin from Sunday.
Mentionable, usually two doses of coronavirus vaccine are given to prevent the infection but in some countries of the world a third dose has been given. It is called the booster dose.
In Bangladesh nearly seven crore people were given the first dose of corona vaccine while nearly four and half crore people were given the second dose.
Mohammad Shahidullah, chairman of National Technical Advisory Committee dealing the coronavirus recommended for giving the booster dose in the country to the people aged over 60 years. Later the Prime Minister directed to give the booster dose.
The health minister said, the second wave of coronavirus transmission has come under control. We have to be alert so that no wave of coronavirus would affect the country in this winter.