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Chinese Nationals become first to receive booster dose in SL

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The Chinese Nationals who were recipients of both doses of the Sinopharm vaccine were given the third dose at the Port City compound today becoming Sri Lanka’s first rollout of Sinopharm third-dose 'booster' vaccination.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Regional Epidemiologist Dr. Dinu Guruge said the Chinese Nationals were the first to receive the Sinopharm vaccine in Sri Lanka.

“The vaccination drive for the Chinese will be held today and tomorrow and whoever received their first and second dose from Port City can get the third dose. There are about 3,000 persons to get the third dose from the Port City,” she said.

Meanwhile, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Samitha Ginige told the Daily Mirror that there was a request from Chinese Nationals to the Director-General of Health Services that they be given the third dose.

Against this backdrop, the Government has officially announced today that booster dose will be given to front-line workers of the health, military, police, tourism and other sectors who were engaged in the battle against Covid-19 from November 1.

The Chinese Embassy in March this year had requested the Government to prioritize the Chinese nationals in Sri Lanka when giving the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.

Accordingly, the Sinopharm vaccine rollout for the Chinese workers commenced on April 5 and ended on May 5.

As per the statistics of the Epidemiology Unit, some 2,865 Chinese Nationals have received the first dose of Sinopharm while 2,435 have been given the second dose.

Former Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi had informed the Parliament last April that Sri Lankans would not be administered with Sinopharm vaccines until the safety of the vaccine was ensured by the health authorities.

Subsequently, the Sinopharm vaccine rollout for Sri Lankans began from May 8 and since it has become the widely used vaccine in Sri Lanka at present. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

 

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  Comments - 19

  • sarath Friday, 22 October 2021 05:30 PM

    booster dose priority is for Chinese not for SL nationals

    chams Friday, 22 October 2021 06:04 PM

    CHINESE COLONY!!!!!

    Suresh Friday, 22 October 2021 06:21 PM

    They do own us after all

    Chinese Friday, 22 October 2021 07:12 PM

    What about learning the national anthem.

    Kikazaru Friday, 22 October 2021 07:24 PM

    As per advise from the WHO all people who had received two doses of Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine need to given the Pfizer as the booster dose. For Sri Lankans who got the AstraZeneca vaccine need to be given the Pfizer as the booster dose. No high price Chinese crap please.

    asoka Friday, 22 October 2021 08:14 PM

    are these Chinese prisoners who work in various Chinese funded projects?

    Gee Friday, 22 October 2021 08:52 PM

    Great news they can have it. Us Lankans want the good vaccine for booster please not Chinese garbage

    Lanka putha Saturday, 23 October 2021 12:22 AM

    So what is the big news because this is their country now so they are looking after their citizens. Left overs only for us.

    Gamini Hethumuni Saturday, 23 October 2021 06:49 AM

    Chinese first, our own people last. I guess they own Sri Lanka

    Chux Saturday, 23 October 2021 07:45 AM

    Not a surprise

    Lankikaya Saturday, 23 October 2021 08:16 AM

    They are more important than us?

    saman Saturday, 23 October 2021 08:26 AM

    Absolutely Disgusted! Sri Lanka is now a Chinese Colony!

    mowbima Saturday, 23 October 2021 09:11 AM

    Chinese 1st, more to come..

    Cugan Saturday, 23 October 2021 09:44 AM

    Well done China show them how to look after their own citizens regardless,the govnt is discriminating. ....one law one country

    sudda Saturday, 23 October 2021 01:25 PM

    Api kalu the?

    selvakumar Saturday, 23 October 2021 02:44 PM

    Booster does to fast , it's hope will be control virus!!!

    Chivug KI Saturday, 23 October 2021 05:27 PM

    Awesome China !! Keep rocking.. Karma has its own value..

    Buddhist Saturday, 23 October 2021 07:01 PM

    Who paid for these shots? If SL Govt, then citizens of the country should have been vaccinated first.

    Shihan Saturday, 23 October 2021 07:10 PM

    We are Second class citizens in our own country… well done… well done. 6.9 million must be proud


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