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Following President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s special instructions to vaccinate the public in risk areas, the Ministry of Health commenced its public inoculation campaign yesterday at several state health offices. 


President Rajapaksa on Monday instructed officials to vaccinate members of the general public in the Western Province, which is has reported the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases since the virus outbreak last year. 


Accordingly frontline health workers as well as personnel in economic centres including vendors of the Peliyagoda fish market and airport service personnel were innoculated over the past two weeks. The public vaccination programme which commenced yesterday, saw the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine administered to citizens above 30 years of age.






The vaccination programme in Raddolugama, Gampaha (Pix by Pradeep Pathirana)


While some vaccination centres depicted an orderly procedure of vaccination with adequate social distancing observed, other venues had a less desirable outcome. The remaining vials of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine which were intended to cover the frontline workers, are now being used to inoculate the public.



The vaccination programme at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Angoda (Pix by Waruna Wanniarachchi)

Daily Mirror journalists observed a smooth procedure of vaccination in Raddolugama, Gampaha on Friday, February 19. However on Saturday, at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) Angoda, attracted large crowds eager to be vaccinated.  While the inoculation programme within the hospital premises were conducted in an orderly fashion, large crowds were gathered outside the hospital forming lengthy queues and failing to observe physical distancing. At least 3000 citizens are expected to be vaccinated at the IDH today, sources said. 


  Comments - 4

  • Hapugoda Saturday, 20 February 2021 02:13 PM

    Haha why are we even surprised. With even vaccinated people getting infcted, it’s best to stay home and stay saffe

    ranjit Monday, 22 February 2021 06:05 AM

    because not maintaining social distance at the queue.

    Dilruwan Madubashitha Monday, 22 February 2021 09:04 AM

    Dont expect the vaccination to be protecting you on Day Zero. Dont be an idiot and follow all the safety precautions without fear mongering about the vaccine.

    Shane Warne Monday, 22 February 2021 07:42 PM

    There is nothing wrong with the vaccine and its a must get to stay healthy. There is everything wrong with this picture as social distancing is totally ignored. Where is the health ministry oversight when organising these public vaccine drives?

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