General public to be vaccinated from March

A select group of the general public will be vaccinated for the coronavirus from March, officials said today (8).

State Minister for Primary Health Services, Infectious Diseases, and Covid-19 Prevention Sudarshini Fernandopulle said the Government has decided to vaccinate all employed citizens from the age of 30 and above from 1 March 2021.

She further said that the process will be carried out in 4,000 vaccination centres across the country.

State Minister Fernandopulle said the Government will vaccinate those above the age of 60 from 1 March, and in parallel will also commence the vaccination of employed citizens between the ages of 30-60.

Stating that Sri Lanka will receive COVID vaccines via the COVAX facility of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and has finalised the acquisition of vaccines from other facilities, she said the Health Ministry has received requests from various parties to provide the vaccine.

Taking into consideration the availability of the vaccine doses and the multiple requests, the Government has decided to provide Covid vaccines to healthcare workers of private medical facilities as well, she said.

State Minister Fernandopulle further said from among the Oxford AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine doses received thus far, nearly 160,000 frontline workers from the health sector, military, and Police have been vaccinated so far.

She said no major side effects have been reported as of now, adding that symptoms such as muscle pain are natural, and shows the effectiveness of the vaccine.

State Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle mentioned this during a media briefing held at the Health Ministry this morning (8).

She further urged the public to prepare to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (Colombo Gazette)

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