In a meeting held on Monday, Sindh Education Minister Syed Sardar Shah and Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechoho decided to accelerate Covid-19 vaccination at schools and colleges across the province

The meeting was attended by the Parliamentary Secretary Health Qasim Soomro, Health Secretary Kazim Jatoi, Education Secretary Akbar Leghari and other officials through video link. The first vaccination phase in private and public educational institutions will start from September 6.

As many as 1.4 million students from ninth grade to twelfth grade will be vaccinated. According to the press statement, around 2,527 teams will participate in vaccination drives in schools and colleges.

In the first phase, the vaccination will be started at the district level, which will later be extended to the taluka level. It was also decided in the meeting that the school administration will contact the children’s parents and seek their consent.

On the occasion, the Health Minister agreed that the parents of the children should be taken into confidence for the vaccination of their children. Registration should also be ensured once the vaccine is completed.

During the meeting, Education Minister Syed Sardar Shah assured officials of the Health Department for support and making arrangements for vaccines in schools and colleges. He said that vaccination will be mandatory for the continuation of the teaching process and for the safety of children. The high-ups of both the departments agreed that the vaccination drive will be launched by the health department after completing the arrangements within 6 days.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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