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ED: Taking our vaccination rollout to the next level

  • Published at 06:19 pm September 6th, 2021
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DHAKA TRIBUNE

Stocking up on vaccines is just half of the issue -- they have to be properly administered as well

After some supply miscalculations in the early days of vaccination, the government has been, commendably, able to turn things around, and has initiated a surprisingly efficient and effective vaccination campaign all over the country. Initially open to select groups only, this drive has now expanded to include a wide array of people, and prior registration is not required. 

To say this is a huge undertaking -- and one of the best decisions on part of the government -- is an understatement. After living with Covid-19 for almost two years, it has become evident that vaccination is the only way to tackle this disease. For a country like ours, where prolonged lockdowns are not the most realistic path to take, mass vaccination drives become even more important.  

Unfortunately, a big project like this is bound to run into a few hiccups. There have been reports of mismanagement alongside reports of people returning due to a shortage of doses. Adding to that, the overall situation in vaccination centres appears to be helping in the spread of Covid, with the limited space of many of these buildings making it impossible for people to maintain social distance. 

The government needs to make sure that they have a steady supply of vaccines. While we are getting supplies from more countries, the supply is still a bit shaky. With new variants emerging all across the world, the government needs to make sure that what happened with India during the beginning of the year does not happen again.  

An adequate number of personnel is also needed at the vaccine centres in order to bring the centres under strict supervision. Stocking up on vaccines is just half of the issue -- they have to be properly administered as well. Let us face the truth: Full vaccination is the only way out of Covid-19, and we are not out of the woods yet.


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