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Even those vaccinated with first dose will be subject to RATs - Army Chief

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Even those who have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccination will be subject to a Rapid Antigen Test by health officials who have been deployed at all the entry and exit points of the Western Province, the Army Chief said.

Army Chief and Head of the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPCO) General Shavendra Silva told Daily Mirror yesterday those entering or exiting the Western Province may carry the vaccination cards, but they will be subject to the tests as the vaccination did not assure anyone from not contracting the COVID-19. "There is always a possibility of such individuals being infected. So we cannot let them through. They will also be subject to the random test," Silva said.

Authorities yesterday said random Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will be performed at the 12 entry and exit points from and to the Western Province on individuals until further notice due to the rapid spread of the new variant of the COVID-19. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • Boris Vanculenberg Friday, 30 April 2021 09:02 AM

    It would be highly welcomed if a person who is medically qualified announced this.

    Bats Friday, 30 April 2021 09:07 AM

    Problem is we have too many RATS!!

    RoaringCreek Friday, 30 April 2021 09:12 AM

    This man in fancy dress needs to be removed and the COVID control in Sri Lanka is a holy mess. Even senior medical professionals have the same sentiment.

    Terrence Friday, 30 April 2021 09:18 AM

    The RATS testing would not have arisen for the original people vaccinated because by this time the second dose of Astra Zeneca would have been administered. We have been effective but not efficient in cutting costs.

    Sandun Amila Friday, 30 April 2021 03:16 PM

    if the case is such that do not see the logic of vaccinating people. What is the probability of vaccinated person getting infected? I think vulnerability of non vaccinated people is much higher than the vaccinated people

    Victor Fernandao Friday, 30 April 2021 08:17 PM

    The Army Comender says even those who received vacine astra zeneca will be subject to Rapid antigen to give a gurntee does he knows what he is saying

    Kumar Friday, 30 April 2021 10:17 PM

    In the US this kind of testing avoided because it will give false results. The vaccine produces antibodies as soon as it is given. So what kind of result were you expecting. It is like testing a person for TB who has taken the BCG as baby.


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