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COVID-19 vaccination; not a challenge to SL: State Minister

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-Reiterates vaccination could begin around mid-Feb

-Plans afoot to vaccinate 50-55% of population

With Sri Lanka having an effective National Immunization Policy in the country spanning for over 50 years, it is not a challenge for the country to provide vaccines to its people, said State Minister of Primary Health Services, Infectious Diseases and COVID-19 Prevention Sudarshani Fernandopulle.

Speaking to journalists after a function at the National Hospital Colombo today, she said Sri Lanka as a country had successfully eliminated several communicable diseases such as polio, measles and rubella with the aid of vaccination.

“We have successfully carried out vaccination programmes in the past for children and obtained almost 99% success,” she underlined.

“Thus, this is not the first such occasion Sri Lanka is preparing to administer the vaccine to its people. We have done it before and reaped successful results out of them,” she added.

Moreover, the Minister reiterated that the Government is making arrangements to provide COVID-19 vaccine to the people of Sri Lanka by mid-February under the first phase.

She also said plans are underway to administer the vaccine to 50 to 55% of the population, though only 20% of vaccine is granted free of charge. The Government would buy the rest of the 30%,” she said.

“The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) has received the details on Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which will be made available to us under the COVAX facility. It is currently in the process of referring and examining the details,” she added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

 

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  • jaya Friday, 22 January 2021 07:54 PM

    I seriously don't see how everyone has reached university in this country without passing grade 5 mathematics. Immunizing 1 million children per year vs vaccinating 10 million adults in 6months in no challenge at all.

    jaya Friday, 22 January 2021 07:54 PM

    I seriously don't see how everyone has reached university in this country without passing grade 5 mathematics. Immunizing 1 million children per year vs vaccinating 10 million adults in 6months in no challenge at all.

    Michael Ranasinghe Friday, 22 January 2021 07:56 PM

    If words and big talk were to go by we are the second best in Covid management . Please stop the talk .. walk the talk first .. we are fed up with the hollow words

    sira Friday, 22 January 2021 08:08 PM

    Of course not when we have the syrup you tasted by you!

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 22 January 2021 08:38 PM

    These days everybody big talk about everything, but country is bankrupt and no solution to anything.

    Lol Friday, 22 January 2021 09:22 PM

    FROG ONES AGAIN JUMPED OUT OF THE TANK

    Jose Friday, 22 January 2021 10:36 PM

    Nothing is a problem in Sri Lanka.

    Sambo Saturday, 23 January 2021 07:41 AM

    Yes Madam. Nothing is a challenge to us Sri Lankan's as we are already in deep shit.

    I'm vaccilating between vaccines Saturday, 23 January 2021 12:30 PM

    Definitely it is not a challenge - you won't be vaccinated at all!!

    Rohan Saturday, 23 January 2021 12:34 PM

    We are very good at talking - but never for executing the talk. Zero marks for Walk the Talk.


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