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The COVID-19 vaccines that are to be received on Sunday, March 7, under the COVAX programme of the World Health Organization would be administered to persons above 60 living in high risk areas, the Health Ministry said.

This consignment will be the first batch of vaccines granted by the WHO under COVAX facility.

Accordingly, 264,000 doses are to be received. The WHO is to provide a total of 1.44 million doses.

The total doses of vaccines are expected to be delivered to Sri Lanka by the end May.

The WHO has declared that about 25% of the Sri Lankan population would receive the vaccine under COVAX programme. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 11

  • RoaringCreek Friday, 05 March 2021 03:12 PM

    There is no such thing as high risk is areas. It is the high risk age groups. This government has messed this vaccine program.

    Ranaweera Friday, 05 March 2021 03:14 PM

    1.44 million doses would be enough for 722000 persons which is about 3% of the population. Best way to manage this is to create dedicated centers for the elderly or priority lanes for them in all centers. May be a prior appointment may be given to them.

    Michael Ranasinghe Friday, 05 March 2021 03:16 PM

    We are all over the place in administering the vaccines . No proper plan , no proper implementation monitoring team , no proper schedule . What a mess this government is and 6.9 million who voted them in cannot be found now ..

    TJ Friday, 05 March 2021 03:23 PM

    1.44 million is not 25% of 22 million population

    Jagath Silva Friday, 05 March 2021 04:09 PM

    Priorrity shold be geven to presstitutes

    Liberal One Friday, 05 March 2021 04:50 PM

    Only talk. Every where people well below 60 are vaccinating themselves by waiting in queues.

    Jeeves Friday, 05 March 2021 05:16 PM

    Reply to Michael Ranasinghe Many of us are relieved with this government's achievement regarding Covid. We had an election, relatively few deaths compared to other countries, and our vaccine rollout started a few months ago! Dread to think what would have happened if previous government was in power! All reverse of above achievements for sure!

    Angora Friday, 05 March 2021 05:36 PM

    They should give everyone aboce sixty and those with health issues above 30 with diabetes, kidney or heart conditions and those with cancer etc all over the country to prevent unnecessary deaths. But that doesn’t seem to be the objective..

    roni Friday, 05 March 2021 07:41 PM

    All bloody rubbish there is no planning we people in an area of Dehiwela have been subject to been pushed from pillar to post. The MOH officer when questioned as to why this happens stated he is under instruction from the top. This country is a joke.

    ChanakaJ Friday, 05 March 2021 08:32 PM

    Okay guys, there was a blip in the vaccine programme, but now we seem to be back on track; prioritising HIGH RISK groups in HIGH RISK areas! E.g. older age groups living where there is a high incidence of Covid.

    Ranaweera Friday, 05 March 2021 09:42 PM

    Reply to Michael Ranasinghe: Sri Lanka is far better than most countries in controlling covid. We have had less than 100k infections for over one year and less than 500 deaths. Vaccination drive was kicked off and many have received the vaccine , although plans are there, it appears that at some locations , the rules are not enforced due to usual practice of queue jumping. However people are receiving the vaccine and trust me that people in Canada will have to wait till July August to receive the vaccine. Same with Australia. We are doing much better my friend. Our agriculture sector is reviving , our factories which were closed have commenced slowly we are seeing local products. Unnecessary imports were stopped and we are managing our significantly reduced income from external sources. Well to sum up, this government is much better than the previous one which just wasted our money on putting political opponents in jail. They also sold out Sri Lanka to India.

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