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No special request from Prez, PM yet to be inoculated against COVID-19

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No special request has been made so far by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to receive the anti-COVID-19 vaccination jabs and they will receive it next month when the government begins vaccinating those above 60 years, the Daily Mirror learns.

Despite Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena making a request to health authorities to consider vaccinating members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff, after seven MPS and some staff members were infected with the coronavirus last month, there has still been no word from the health authorities if this request will also be granted.

As of today, all citizens will receive the jabs according to their respective groups which they have been divided in, and the President, Prime Minister and parliamentarians are also on the waiting list to be inoculated.

The President and Prime Minister's staff are also yet to receive the vaccines.

"We need to protect the President and Prime Minister but when the time comes we will immunize them. they have been put in the above 60 years age group. Now that we have finished the frontline health workers, we need to consider them as well. But there has been no specific consideration just because they are politicians," a senior health official said.

"If we give them and the Parliamentarians priority, then an argument will surely break out. However it is a good sign that they are not demanding it using their positions," he added. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • 60 and over oldie Tuesday, 09 February 2021 06:41 AM

    Only the President can receive the jab. The PM has no grey hairs. He looks 55 so he has to wait his turn till they start vaccinating over 55's.

    Stingray Tuesday, 09 February 2021 07:03 AM

    That is because they have secretly helped themselves to it!

    RoaringCreek Tuesday, 09 February 2021 07:32 AM

    Hello, they need to be in the queue.

    Sira Tuesday, 09 February 2021 07:42 AM

    Not necessary no after doses of paniya!!!

    Sambo Tuesday, 09 February 2021 07:49 AM

    They are immune to all this and more, so do not need vacinations.

    MI Tuesday, 09 February 2021 07:59 AM

    They don't trust and putting citizens as scape goat for testing , this so called beloved rulers of country. Other countries.. rulers be as example.

    Sympathizer Tuesday, 09 February 2021 08:09 AM

    Yudda kalaya wage api piti passata wela immung neyde apitia gunai modayanta demung chance akkak

    Bandara Tuesday, 09 February 2021 12:44 PM

    They will never take the vaccine. They simply don't wanna risk their lives.

    Mokan Tuesday, 09 February 2021 01:01 PM

    They will await for the European Vaccine not the Indian/Chinese and the Russian ones

    PD Tuesday, 09 February 2021 05:10 PM

    This Oxford vaccine is not effective for 55 - there was not enough of a sample size during trials for 55 . Even AstraZeneca made the announcement. Why isnt the healthy ministry not aware of this?

    R. Anthony Tuesday, 09 February 2021 06:01 PM

    They don't want to be scapegoats, they know the vaccine given to the masses, they will await for the best. Other leaders lead from the front.

    vithura Tuesday, 09 February 2021 06:34 PM

    As the leaders of government why can't they take the Chinese vaccine to test its effectiveness, before being rolled out?


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