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Covid-19 vaccination campaign begins at Rohingya camps

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Vaccination against Covid-19 began at Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district on Tuesday.

As part of its involvement in the vaccination programme of the government, Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme (HCMP) of BRAC organized the campaign titled ‘Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign for Rohingya Community’.

Trained nurses of BRAC gave vaccines to the Rohingyas at camps 1-East, 8-East and No. 13 in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

The inoculation drive will take place from 9:30am to 2:30pm till August 18.

As per the government instruction, those aged 55 or above will be vaccinated.

Only the refugees, who have the ‘Family Counting Number’, an identification mark given by the government when they arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar, will get the facility for vaccination.

BRAC’s field level employees and volunteers will help those who will come for vaccination by giving them proper information and guidance regarding the vaccination.

BRAC aided by the government took up the programme for bringing Rohingyas under vaccination programme along with the country’s large number of people.

While expressing her reaction, Moriom Khatun, 57, a Rohingya woman who has taken vaccine at BRAC Primary Health Care Centre, 1 East, said she was happy to get the chance for vaccination smoothly in a disciplined atmosphere.

“I will try my best to encourage others to come here for vaccination,” she said.

Hasina Akhter Huq, Area Director of HCMP of BRAC, said, BRAC stood beside the government since the start of Covid-19 for facing the challenge of pandemic.

As part of our commitment, BRAC is now implementing the initiative to strengthen the government’s vaccination programme, she said.

“We welcomed the initiative to vaccinate the host community as well as Rohingyas,” she said.

The government has taken an initiative to vaccinate 48,000 Rohingyas in the first phase.

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