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Those vaccinated with first dose hardly infected with new strain: Health Experts

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The Astra Zeneca vaccines which has already been administered to over 900,000 people in the Western Province including frontline and health workers are responding well to the new variant of COVID-19 which is rapidly spreading in the country, officials from the Health Promotion Bureau told the Daily Mirror yesterday.

Officials said that to date, there had hardly been any cases of those who had received the first dose of vaccination to have contracted the new variant of the COVID-19 but in future, if they do face a threat of being infected, they will have a very low chance of advanced disease or complications

"Basically all the vaccinations which are available in the world today are responding well to all the variants of the COVID-19 which are in the world including the mutated versions. Infact a recent study by the University of Sri Jayawardenapura shows that those vaccinated have better immunity than even those infected," HPB officials said.

"That is why it is extremely important that everyone is vaccinated we vaccinations are the only way out," officials said.

Meanwhile, as discussions continue to purchase more AstraZeneca doses, health experts said that with more mutated versions now spreading rapidly globally, a third vaccination dose known as the 'booster' might need to be administered in the future. Experts were discussing this possibility and manufacturers were gearing up to cater to the third vaccine.

As the new COVID-19 variant is spreading rapidly in Sri Lanka, health officials have urged everyone to keep their masks on and wear double masks if possible, now that this new variant has become airborne.

Further, masks should not be removed when out of the house, especially while in offices, as the coronavirus has a higher transmission rate in closed spaces than outdoors.

"We urge everyone not to stay in closed spaces for more than 30 minutes. For offices, we encourage them to have a proper ventilation system which will circulate the air. Windows must be kept open and air conditioners must be avoided. Health guidelines must be strictly followed," officials from the HPB said.

Meanwhile, anyone suffering from cough, cold, fever, sore throat or shortness of breath have been urged to seek medical help immediately and avoid coming in contact with anyone else. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • Selvakumar Tuesday, 27 April 2021 06:29 AM

    It's virus higher transmission to world !!!

    Dilum Bellana Tuesday, 27 April 2021 07:28 AM

    Study need more careful analysis that vaccinated have a better immunity ? what is happening in India need to be considered.They were first to get those vaccines.

    Keerthi Tuesday, 27 April 2021 08:42 AM

    In India, out of 10000 vaccinated only 20 people were infected with mild symptoms. It's the case of mismanagement in india and people infected are the people who did not get vaccinated. I also request srilankan government to try and bring covaxin which fights against the new variants.

    Leel Tuesday, 27 April 2021 08:47 AM

    What happenrd to India Modi doing politics with their vaccine. He would have given vaccine first to Indian people. After vaccinating 1/3 of it's the population in all the cities should have started the distribution to the other countries.

    Ganesh Tuesday, 27 April 2021 09:01 AM

    They were amongst the first to get the vaccine. But people hardly went and got the vaccine. Loads of people relied on google than listening to doctors. Now they are paying the price. I hope we don’t follow their path.

    H Tuesday, 27 April 2021 09:08 AM

    Great now those who have the first dose vaccine will ignore health guidelines and put those who aren't vaccinated at risk. In case you don't know people who are vaccinated can still spread it.

    Ranjit, Tokyo Tuesday, 27 April 2021 10:36 AM

    Any more lies to come.....

    Saman from Sri Lanka Tuesday, 27 April 2021 11:16 AM

    Lol, India sending other countries the vaccine now has to beg the rest of the world for help. This is why we should not have anything to do with India . We must develop closer ties with China and follow China model.

    Saman Tuesday, 27 April 2021 11:23 AM

    So called experts soon no where to be found once the infections go out of control.

    Adam Speak Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:08 PM

    Yes I agree. Your Excellency The President pkease do something and do the vaccinate. So that the counry can move forward. All other alternatives can cost mote than the vaccination. Thanks

    Mudith Karunaratne Tuesday, 27 April 2021 02:36 PM

    So far, only 8.6% of the Indian population received at least one dose of vaccine and only 1.6% is fully vaccinated. In Sri Lanka, only 4.2% has received one dose while not a single person is fully vaccinated (0% has received the second dose) according to published data. This is extremely pathetic. We used to be far ahead of India when it comes to public health matters-not any more!


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