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Ad hoc vaccinations to stop; health officials to get tough

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Following complaints that several people who were not under the ‘vulnerable groups’ had received the Astra Zeneca vaccinations against COVID-19 in recent days, health officials at a meeting yesterday decided to get tough and strictly implement the programme according to the groups officially allocated.

A senior health official told the Daily Mirror yesterday that since the vaccination programme had opened out, especially to the vulnerable groups in the Western Province this week, several individuals who were not under the ‘vulnerable group’ had received the vaccination, eventually leaving out those who urgently require it.

Following these complaints, health officials have decided to implement the programme strictly from today and will begin to vaccinate those above the age of 60 years who are on the third priority list. Vaccination programmes will also begin among the workforce aged 30 to 60 as they are said to be the worst affected by the COVID-19 while the highest mortality rate was reported among those above the age of 60.

Meanwhile, health officials have insisted that despite being vaccinated, the transmission of the COVID-19 virus would not halt and people were urged to practice all health guidelines.

Officials said there was a possibility that a vaccinated person could contract the virus again but the vaccine would help develop the antibodies to fight the virus within.

“Therefore we urge people to strictly adhere to the health guidelines even after being vaccinated and urge everyone to get vaccinated once the vaccines are available,” the official said. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

  Comments - 13

  • karu Saturday, 20 February 2021 07:47 AM

    The right connection works and that's the merit criteria.

    Chux Saturday, 20 February 2021 07:49 AM

    Very sad to see there is no professional procedure has been implemented yet that shows how is present government planning important things????

    RoaringCreek Saturday, 20 February 2021 08:10 AM

    This is correct. The WHO has decided to provide poor countries with the vaccine for 20% of the population and they have identified a priority list. That is front line health related workers and then people over 60. This joker(s) in fancy dress completely messed the priorities. Now this needs to be done if are to get the WHO's SUMMA vaccine assigned for poor countries.

    Michael Ranasinghe Saturday, 20 February 2021 08:32 AM

    Not even a vaccine received as a donation can be properly administered by a government that has woefully failed and yet talk big

    FF Saturday, 20 February 2021 09:09 AM


    Gong baas Saturday, 20 February 2021 09:38 AM

    Who are these so called Health Officials? Can they over ride political power? Anyway , now trying to rectify mistakes after the horse has bolted!

    LOL Saturday, 20 February 2021 09:51 AM

    All these look Staged Drama. The initial priority list had been changed to give priority to the Politicians and favourites. Now when the stock of Vaccines are nearing the end, an interest is shown on the Over 60s.

    Padma Saturday, 20 February 2021 09:59 AM

    How to give AstraZeneca aka Oxford vaccine to 60 when its NOT PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE OR NOT EFFECTIVE for that group? There is just no data on this yet. Its a tough call.

    Leel Saturday, 20 February 2021 01:42 PM

    Today Maharagama municipality garbage collectors came to collect garbage non of them were wearing the facemasks. They were vaccinated two weeks ago.

    Senerath Silva Saturday, 20 February 2021 09:34 PM

    Only country where the priority list comprises MPs and religious leaders . Only country first in corruption , first in bribery, first in swindling even in covid19 situation. On PCRs, on Rapid Antigen test, on Repatriation, and now on vaccines.

    Nad Sunday, 21 February 2021 11:08 AM

    Powerful groups before the vulnerable groups...This is Sri Lanka

    GTG Sunday, 21 February 2021 11:15 PM

    Do not pretend Vaccination is an important one. Do not force people jab. It is HIGHLY DANGEROUS.

    Observer Monday, 22 February 2021 11:21 AM

    The President does not seem to be aware of the irregular happenings in the Covid19 Vaccination scene?

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