As the booster campaign continues, the authorities should take necessary measures to speed up the primary vaccination drive as well
It is reassuring to see that Bangladesh’s Covid-19 booster shot campaign for frontliners and people over 59 just began, after a trial run for eight days. With this hopeful development, the country will be a step ahead in its preparation against new outbreaks.
The implementation stage of the campaign will require a lot of moving parts working together. To that end, it was encouraging to learn that the authorities have completed upgrading the online platform, Surokkha, and it is ready for new registration.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has also confirmed that it completed preparation for administering the booster dose at the permanent centres, signalling a strong start of the campaign. The government’s pro-active approach should continue on the vaccination front, as it remains the first and foremost deterring tool for keeping outbreaks at a check. We applaud the government’s quick decision to roll out booster shots.
At the same time, the relevant authorities should exert their maximum effort to make appointments quicker and shorten wait time on the day of the shot. This is particularly more important in this case, given a lot of the recipients will be people over the age of 59. However, it is worth reiterating that primary vaccination remains far more important than booster doses. It is imperative that the main two doses are given to a significant number of the population, and that it is done with urgency.
The government’s approach to vaccination has been pro-active so far, but with room for improvement in implementing primary doses efficiently. As the booster campaign continues, the authorities should take necessary measures to speed up the primary vaccination drive as well, which remains the most important pro-active measure the government can implement.