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Covid-19: Now Bangladesh joins global race for jabbing kids

  • Published at 12:52 pm September 15th, 2021
Covid-19 vaccine

The rush of vaccinating children, especially school-goers, in parts of the world accelerates following the resumption of in-person academic activities after months  

While a number of countries across the world are racing to inoculate children, alongside adults, against Covid-19, Bangladesh clarifies it is also approaching the same direction, by lowering the age of the vaccine-recipients to 12 gradually. 

This comes amid the reopening of primary, secondary schools and colleges across the country on Sunday after almost 18 months of closure due to the pandemic. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that a plan is underway to gradually bring students of 12 years and above under vaccination coverage. 

"At present, the age limit has been reduced to 18 to bring public and private university students under vaccination... but, measures are also being taken to bring all students of 12 years and above under vaccination coverage," she said.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque, too, recently revealed that plan to vaccinate school-goers, saying that the authorities will administer Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

The rush of vaccinating children, especially school-goers, in parts of the world accelerates following the resumption of in-person academic activities after months. 

Global child vaccination 

Neighboring India on August 21 approved the first Covid-19 vaccine for children above 12 years as it fears a third-wave of the virus outbreak in three months. 

Pakistan on Saturday announced that children above 15 years will be vaccinated with Pfizer jabs. Sri Lanka on August 15 disclosed its plan to provide Covid immunization to children over 12 years of age step by step.

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Last week, Cuba became the first country in the world to vaccinate children from the age of two, using home-grown jabs that are yet to be recognized by the World Health Organization.

Since August 16, the 12-18 year-olds in Italy can get a vaccine without an appointment in a bid to increase uptake.

Children in the UK aged between 12 and 15 are set to be able to get a Covid jab, following advice from the UK's chief medical officers, according to BBC. 

Denmark (12 to 15-year-olds) and Spain (12 to 19-year-olds) have both now vaccinated most of their child population with at least a single dose.

France too has been moving quickly with 66% of those aged 12 to 17 now single jabbed, and 52% fully vaccinated. 

In August, after the Delta variant started spreading more widely, Germany extended the vaccine rollout to all those over 12 years old.

In May, US and Canadian regulators were the first to approve the Pfizer jab for use in children from 12 years and older. The rollout started immediately.

In Sweden children aged 12 to 15 are only eligible for a vaccine if they have lung disease, severe asthma or another high-risk medical condition. In Norway, the vaccine rollout was recently extended to children aged 12 to 15.

Around 90.2% of people over the age of 12 have received one dose and 85.1% have received both in Ireland as of Sunday, reports Euronews. Poland saw 1.4 million doses given to children aged 12-17 till Tuesday. Switzerland approved the Pfizer vaccine for children over 12 in early June.

In June, China began to allow some children from three to 17 years old to be offered Sinovac shots, making it the first country to approve a jab for such a young age group. In Chile, it has already been approved for use in children from six years old.

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