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Sri Lanka loosing control of vaccination programme?

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Some health experts yesterday voiced serious concerns over the government’s ongoing vaccination programme against COVID-19 saying the programme seemed to have gone out of control with no planned system in place.

Till yesterday evening, several frustrated citizens were voicing concerns on social media on how to get registered to receive the Astra Zeneca jabs.

Till yesterday evening, several frustrated citizens were voicing concerns on social media on how to get registered to receive the Astra Zeneca jabs, as the website to register, launched by the State Ministry for Primary Health Care, Epidemic and COVID Disease Control, in early February seemed non existent a few days after its launch.

Hundreds of people had logged on to the website since its launch on Feb.10 and submitted their personal details, but days later the website seemed to be non functional leading to queries why it was taken off.

Now since the government opened out the vaccination programme to ‘vulnerable groups’ in the Western Province, since early this week, under the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, complaints have been pouring in of no planned system in place as several of those who were not under these groups had also received the jabs.

Despite concerns being raised by some health officials, the adhoc system continues with these officials stating that the most vulnerable groups, who were 60 years and above were being deprived.

With the highest mortality rate recorded from the COVID-19 within those above the age of 60, some health officials have raised the question as to why the government opened out the programme to those aged 30 to 60 when that was not initially a priority group.

“The biggest aim right now should be to vaccinate and prevent the deaths caused by the virus. So that is why the vaccinations should be for those above the age of 60 years presently,” a senior health official said. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

  Comments - 9

  • Dee Monday, 22 February 2021 07:28 AM

    'forces' first!

    Ting Tong Monday, 22 February 2021 08:05 AM

    Govt should launch a website and app linked to NIC, once vaccinated it should indicate in the app. And also a vaccination passport need to be issued.

    Ranaweera Monday, 22 February 2021 08:19 AM

    Family and friends first is the motto of Sri Lankan deep rooted culture. So same applies here. President cannot change these deep rooted norms. Some people jump the queue some how.

    Dora Monday, 22 February 2021 08:34 AM

    We are the only country who don’t seem to have a strict priority list and target and follow it. We have not prioritized the the elderly and their cares , care homes , vulnerable People with underlying diseases to prevalent death.. I am afraid for people o know with Heart issues, diabetes... in their early 60s Sri Lanka seems to be wanting to prevent the spread and show less positive numbers rather than prevent deaths or they are as usual driving adhoc vaccinations to various groups on demand .. we also have limited vaccines and no fund to buy .. only waiting for loans rather than find other ways of raising funds. Or sponsorship, donations, etc

    Sokrates Monday, 22 February 2021 08:39 AM

    The vaccination program against COVID-19 was never under control. Can it not at all as long as it is controlled by Gota and his war criminals and not by health experts?

    ravin Monday, 22 February 2021 08:42 AM

    Because politicas make money out of anything and everything.

    Michael Ranasinghe Monday, 22 February 2021 09:03 AM

    What's new ???We have lost control of everything and cannot even manage the vaccines we have got as a donation .. Such is the capability and capacity of the government

    Disorder Monday, 22 February 2021 11:31 AM

    We remember seeing a categorical statement at the time of procuring the Vaccines by the Appointed Person Lalith Weeratunga that nobody will be allowed to jump the queue to get the jab.Now he is silent ?

    Shame on authorities Monday, 22 February 2021 12:08 PM

    Definitly NO PLANNED SYSTEM - Please come road by road (after giving due notice ) without inconveniencing the old folk , IF NOT there will be a problem for the second shot and many will miss it.


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