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Pregnant mothers to get only Sinopharm jab: Health Ministry

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The Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases of the Health Ministry has recommended that pregnant women should only be vaccinated with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath told the Daily Mirror.

He said since there are no sufficient data on other vaccines, the Committee had recommended only the Sinopharm vaccines will be given to pregnant mothers.

Though Army Commander announced that the pregnant woman would be given priority when giving Sinopharm vaccine in relevant areas, Dr. Herath said there are certain practical issues in giving vaccine to the pregnant women.

"The Family Health Bureau is in the process of sorting them out. There are certain checks and balances that need to be included to the circular that is to be issued soon in this regard" he said.

"As it is a very complicated process, the Family Health Bureau is still developing the guidelines,” Dr. Herath underlined.

He stressed that vaccinating pregnant mothers has not yet commenced, and added it would take some time to finalise the relevant guidelines and only after that the vaccination could be started.

Moreover, he said he had received several reports that some pregnant mothers have got the vaccines without proper approval from the Health Ministry.

The attention to vaccinate pregnant mothers has been drawn as they come under one of the high risk categories.

Against this backdrop, Army Commander Shavendra Silva today announced that they would give priority to the pregnant women, and those above 60 years of age when giving Sinopharm vaccines in the areas announced earlier from June 8. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • RoaringCreek Wednesday, 02 June 2021 09:13 PM

    Next week they will say it is Sputnik V.

    gammini Thursday, 03 June 2021 12:56 AM

    Old man, you better go and live your last few years in India, a country your senile mind is saying doing well in Covid control.

    Kapila Wednesday, 02 June 2021 10:14 PM

    This is great. The people should take advice from our government and WHO. They must not listen to vested interests who say negative things about the Chinese vaccine. This is one of the best vaccines ever developed.

    Rue Wednesday, 02 June 2021 11:28 PM

    It is so clear from the evidence placed after thorough research that the SINOPHARM is a most EFFICIENT VACCINE than anything else vying for competitive business in the market.

    Yogananda Thisera Thursday, 03 June 2021 02:17 AM

    You can’t be playing with this. There should be a proper plane.. we are dealing with a population that bears the future generation of our country.

    J.A Quiz Thursday, 03 June 2021 02:18 AM

    What about others..

    Brendon Thursday, 03 June 2021 02:21 AM

    I think we are the ones who do it for the first time. Let's see how our health ministry copes with this


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