There is a possibility of one getting infected with the coronavirus even after the first dose of the vaccine, said Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera.
He told media that the vaccine could provide protection to a recipient within the period of 12 weeks after the first dose.
“Although one could be infected with the virus after the first dose, it has potential to protect the person from getting severe symptoms and succumbing to the virus,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, he said sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in large number at present was mainly due to the New Year festivals and picnics especially to Nuwara Eliya and Kataragama.
“A considerable number of cases was also reported following the spread of the virus in carnivals and other festivals.
“A spate of COVID-19 cases is also connected to the patients detected in previous clusters,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
Nadi Karunaratne Saturday, 01 May 2021 09:35 PM
According to UK Financial Times today the protection afforded by first dose alone against some new variants is quite limited. Hence exercise extreme caution if without second dose.
Thanks Saturday, 01 May 2021 09:42 PM
Give the 2nd dose
RoaringCreek Saturday, 01 May 2021 10:04 PM
These fellows are disgusting. If one can catch the virus despite having taken the first dose, then give the second dose. By the way, I can read, write and talk English and have been following the rollout of vaccine worldwide on the Internet and International TV (not just local channels which are are of little scientific significance). The first dose of AstraZeneca provides an efficacy rate of 76% after the first dose and 86% after the second dose. This is from the AstraZeneca website.
Has Saturday, 01 May 2021 10:16 PM
Even after 2nd dose and still taking all necessary precautions, i got it. Take care all. Vaccines doesn’t guarantee 100%
Concerned Saturday, 01 May 2021 11:02 PM
Vaccines are not guaranteed 100% but a shield. Also, remember that you still can be a carrier as well and spread to others who are not vaccinated. If all are vaccinated we will be better at not spreading as we do now.
Raj Saturday, 01 May 2021 11:06 PM
The truth is the Doctors Know F....all.
Ranaweera Sunday, 02 May 2021 01:25 AM
How can they give the second dose when they are not getting the promised deliveries. They followed UK to give first dose to a maximum number of people. But events in India turned all plans upside down. Sri Lankans at the same time behaved as if there was no covid. There is no Risk Management concept here. What if we get 10,000 infections on daily basis? How do we manage it. How can you ensure food supply. Considering all that, the country is in dangerous situation.
Wasp Sunday, 02 May 2021 06:26 AM
Never ending doomsday statements!
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