The government is considering appointing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to inoculate disadvantaged people for Covid-19, according to a senior health official. In order to do so, temporary facilities likely to be initiated in various areas to ensure access to vaccination for marginalized communities
He also stated the government was contemplating whether to set up temporary facilities for the vaccination of marginalized communities.
At present, the affluent and educated segments of society are obtaining benefits from the nationwide vaccination campaign rather, most marginalized communities as they have limited access to the technology needed for vaccine registration.
Meanwhile, nearly 5.5 million people have registered online and over 4.3 million people have already received the first of two jabs of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The nationwide vaccination campaign began a month ago, prioritizing frontline workers and people over the age of 40.
A health official in charge of Covid-19 vaccination at a large hospital in Dhaka said the ratio of people vaccinated so far is 90:10 in favor of privileged people.
The situation with respect to vaccination for disadvantaged people is a little better in towns and villages than in big cities, because people can get vaccinated there after registering on the spot even though on-the-spot registration was halted after the first few days of the campaign due to some management issues.
On the other hand, the spot registration is still not available in major cities of the country.
“We are aware of the situation and we are not indifferent to it,” said Dr Shamsul Haque, member-secretary of the Covid-19 vaccine management committee at the Directorate General of Health Services.
“We are contemplating different measures as to how we can include everybody in the vaccination program,” he said.
Dr Haque said, “We have just begun the vaccination in a sort of limited manner. Once the system is on firm footing and the vaccination can be conducted on a much larger scale after ensuring adequate vaccines in coming days, we will devise different mechanisms to ensure inclusiveness.
“We are planning to engage NGOs with experience and ability to work with the disadvantaged people, so that the people belonging to marginalized communities can be vaccinated. We may also go to them to vaccinate after setting up temporary facilities.
“There are some other ways that we are thinking about. It is our objective to vaccine every eligible citizen of the country,” he added.