Frontline workers get the second AstraZeneca Covishield jab

Frontline workers in Sri Lanka were given the second jab of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine today.

State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control, Sudarshani Fernandopulle told Colombo Gazette the process to provide the second dose of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine began today.

The second dose is first been given to frontline workers in Sri Lanka, the State Minister said.

Earlier, the Government had announced that the vaccination programme for the 2nd jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine will commence on 29 April.

However, the vaccination of the second jab was suspended due to a shortage of AstraZeneca vaccines, as a result of the manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India, suspending delivery due to a rise in Covid cases in India.

However, following recent assurances by the institute that it will dispatch more vaccine doses in batches in the future, the Government had decided to commence the vaccination of the second dose.

Sri Lanka initially received 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine free of charge from India and the Government purchased another 500,000 vaccines.

The Government is in possession of around 350,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

State Minister Sudharshini Fernandopulle said the stock in hand will be utilized to provide the second jab to frontline healthcare workers, and the Military and the Police.

Accordingly, the Government today commenced the vaccination of the second jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine on frontline workers. (Colombo Gazette)