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The public cannot choose the Coronavirus vaccine they want and instead must go with what is given to them, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control, Sudarshini Fernandopulle told Daily Mirror yesterday.

Sri Lanka has so far used the Astrazeneca Covishield vaccine while stocks of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine are currently in Sri Lanka awaiting clearance to be used on locals.

Fernandopulle said that the Sputnik V vaccine purchased from Russia is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka soon. Asked by Daily Mirror if the public have a right to choose what vaccine they want to use, Fernandopulle said this was not an option as yet.

She also said the government is hopeful it will receive enough stocks to inoculate people who received the Astrazeneca vaccine as the first jab as they had to be given the Astra Zeneca for the second dosage as vaccines could not be mixed.

Fernandopulle noted that while the first dose was given over a period of three months, it was decided to give the second dose after 12-16 weeks from the day the first dose was given. The government meanwhile yesterday commenced the process to give the second jab, first to frontline workers, using around 350,000 doses currently in hand. The State Minister said the government is confident it will receive the balance 600,000 doses required to give the second jab. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • RoaringCreek Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:27 AM

    This is democracy !

    vince Friday, 30 April 2021 11:18 AM

    Don't like the woman. However if you have an iota of intellect, you would know it is about supply.

    RoaringCreek Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:28 AM

    Yes, we can choose when we vote!

    RoaringCreek Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:30 AM

    No plan at all. Can you please tell us how many department comes under your preview. I understand it is only the Ambulance service.

    RoaringCreek Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:31 AM

    Hello Aunty, you have missed on a "Paniya". Some like you may prefer that too.

    mp Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:32 AM

    Then you should take the responsibility if any harm caused after getting the vaccine. Will you?

    Jin Pin Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:39 AM

    so you want us to to take the Sino and Russo vaccines!!!

    vince Friday, 30 April 2021 11:20 AM

    Why not? They are a vaccine too. You listen to too much western propaganda and crap.

    Peacemaker Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:47 AM

    So all innocent people will get chinese vaccine

    Citizen Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:48 AM

    Wonder... Later on, they will come and say the public cannot choose the president...

    VJ Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:48 AM

    Looks like it’s going to be Chinese all the way. Private hospitals should be allowed to import and administer the vaccine, people will have the option to pay and choose the brand they would trust.

    Sokrates Thursday, 29 April 2021 08:07 AM

    At least throw the Chinese rubbish to the deep sea.

    sy Thursday, 29 April 2021 08:16 AM

    This is not People's Republic of China

    Tia Maria Thursday, 29 April 2021 09:41 AM

    Please don't kill us. ..!

    Aruna Manipura Thursday, 29 April 2021 10:06 AM

    Body is mine NOT yours. That is my right. At the helm of the democracy! Miracle of Saubhagya... Or is it beggars can't be choosers?

    Use your brain. Thursday, 29 April 2021 10:16 AM

    If the first dose is a certain vaccine the second shot MUST BE THE SAME vaccine. Don't try to give a different one. It could be ineffective or fatal for the recipient.

    Sambo Thursday, 29 April 2021 10:21 AM

    But the public has the right to refuse vaccinations not approved by W.H.O . And also the second jab should be of the same kind received on the first.

    Citizen Thursday, 29 April 2021 11:25 AM

    If we are not allowed to choose which vaccine we get, on which basis you give different vaccines to different people?

    alex Thursday, 29 April 2021 11:55 AM

    do we have the right to choose the coconut oil that we consume, or will you decide that also

    What?? Thursday, 29 April 2021 12:28 PM

    Are you paid to make these statements that cause public dissension :(

    Terrence Thursday, 29 April 2021 12:42 PM

    What a life under this regime to live no choice of what vaccine one needs and in death no choice of how to be buried

    Idiotboy Thursday, 29 April 2021 12:55 PM

    Aunty! Chinese Jabs to ...............

    FF Thursday, 29 April 2021 04:17 PM

    WE WILL SHOW YOU THE EXIT EARLIEST

    Maralika Thursday, 29 April 2021 04:52 PM

    Yes we do! Shut up.

    Bernard Thursday, 29 April 2021 05:53 PM

    During the last two elections people had the choice to elect you and you can dictate terms only to those 6.9 million people and not others.

    Bernard Thursday, 29 April 2021 05:58 PM

    Is this a democratic country or a dictatorship in the making in woolf's clothes?

    Antony Jude Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:22 PM

    But we can decide whether to take Chinese vaccine or not. You can't force us to take Chinese vaccine.

    Nallammah kulanthaivelu Friday, 30 April 2021 08:37 AM

    Forcing the vaccine on a person is arbitrary.


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