Pfizer vaccine administered on 2171 people in Sri Lanka

The Pfizer vaccine has been administered on 2171 people in Sri Lanka so far, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health said today.

According to the Ministry of Health, the Pfizer vaccine was administered on 2171 people on 7th July when the rollout began.

The Pfizer vaccine was administered as the second dose on 7th July on a select group of people who obtained the AstraZeneca vaccine as the first dose.

However, the process was suspended as AstraZeneca vaccines are scheduled to arrive this month.

Regional Epidemiologist of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), Dr. Dinu Guruge had said that all the required AstraZeneca doses will be arriving in Sri Lanka by the 3rd week of July.

As a result the Pfizer vaccine will not be administered as the second dose anymore for those who got the AstraZeneca vaccine as the first dose.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had earlier directed the Ministry of Health (MOH) to issue 25,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to the City of Colombo to be used as the second jab on those who obtained the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake said the vaccine was administered on Colombo residents between the ages of 55 to 69, who obtained the AstraZeneca vaccine as the first dose.

Sri Lanka required over 260,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to administer as the second dose. (Colombo Gazette)

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