Second dose linked with Form B in K-P schools

Students who don’t have Form B will not be given the second dose


Muhammad Haroon October 23, 2021
Students attend a class after the government withdrew restrictions on educational institutions following a decrease in the number of cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 12, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR:

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Health Department has linked inoculation of school students with second dose of Covid-19 vaccine with Form B.

Those students who don’t have Form B will not be given the second dose as the Health Department has started vaccination of school children aged 12 years and above on the instruction of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

Talking to The Express Tribune an official of the Elementary and Secondary Education Department said that the notification is probably aimed at registering the vaccinated students and issuing them with vaccination certificates but the condition will also leave thousands of students without vaccination in the province at a time when the provincial government is trying every trick in the book to encourage and increase the pace of vaccination.

“Government has decided to vaccinate all students of 12 years and above age in the schools and the process is underway,” he said, adding that most of the students had received their first jab.

“Now suddenly a decision has been taken that only those children will be vaccinated who will provide their Form B otherwise there will not be any vaccination,” he said.

School administrations also criticized the decision, saying that schools either private or public have complete record of their students and in its presence asking for Form B is an additional burden which will leave many students effectively without any vaccination.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2021.

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