The government has geared up its nationwide vaccination drive to inoculate 70-80 per cent people by March next, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Saturday.
"So far, 50 million people have been vaccinated as the countrywide campaign is underway. 50 per cent people will be given the jabs by December and 70-80 per cent by March next. We've already procured necessary vaccine jabs," the minister said.
Zahid Maleque also announced a programme to bring children between 12-17 years of age under the vaccination programme soon, reports UNB.
He was speaking at a programme arranged by district Puja Celebration Council in Sadar upazila, marking Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community.
He urged the Hindu community to celebrate the festival maintaining health protocols.
On January 27, Prime Minister Hasina launched the Covid-19 vaccination programme at Kurmitola General Hospital through a videoconference.
The government rolled out a countrywide mass Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 7 vaccinating people aged 55 and above in the first phase.