Bangladesh begins coronavirus vaccine drive for Rohingya refugees

48,600 residents aged 55 years and older across camps are eligible for the jabs 48,600 homeowners aged 55 years and older throughout camps are qualified for the jabs

Bangladesh has actually started presenting shots versus COVID-19 for the numerous countless Rohingya Muslims living in congested refugee camps after they got away persecution in neighbouring Myanmar, authorities stated on Tuesday, August 10.

The health organizer of Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission, Abu Toha Bhuiyan, stated some 48,600 homeowners aged 55 years and older have actually been noted for the jab throughout 34 refugee camps in the very first stage.

“They will be given the doses in the next three days from today (Tuesday,” Bhuiyan stated after the federal government’s regional health workplace together with the United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR and other help firms started the project in the early morning.

More individuals will end up being qualified topic to the schedule of the dosages, he stated.

Bangladesh has actually been hosting more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims in stretching camps in its south-eastern district of Cox’s Bazar after they got away persecution in Buddhist- bulk Myanmar.

Nearly 750,000 refugees crossed the border after the harsh military crackdown in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state in 2017.

Case numbers are supposedly increasing in the camps, with health authorities signing up 2,662 infections and 28 deaths amongst refugees given that the very first case emerged in the camps in May in 2015.

Television video footage revealed the refugees queuing outside the immunization centres where the jabs were being administered.

The UN refugee firm tweeted photos of the vaccine receivers in the camps in Cox’s Bazar.

“I feel really good,” the firm estimated 64-year old Johura Khatun, the very first Rohingya female to get the jab, as stating in among the tweets.

A nation of more than 160 million, Bangladesh has actually up until now administered the very first dosage to 14.05 million individuals and the 2nd dosage to 4.7 given that its mass vaccination project started in early February.

The South Asian nation, which has actually taped a huge rise in case of numbers in current months due to the arrival of the more transmissible Delta version, disrupted its project in April after India suspended vaccine exports over supply lacks.

Mass shot, nevertheless, resumed last month after Bangladesh began getting dosages from China and the United States.

Bangladesh has actually logged more than 1.37 million infections and 22,897 deaths given that the very first cases were reported in March in 2015.

Bangladesh begins coronavirus vaccine drive for Rohingya refugees