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As the vaccination rollout of AstraZeneca second doses commenced today, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi urged people not to create unnecessary congestion at vaccination centers.

She said people had ample time to get themselves vaccinated and therefore, asked people to avoid long queues at vaccination centers.

“There is a large crowd in the Western Province hoping to get the second dose of AstraZeneca. It is a great relief that we received the required amount of doses to be given to the recipients of the first dose,” she said.

“This has become a long-awaited wish. However, if people acted in an irresponsible manner ignoring health guidelines at vaccination centers, the situation would go from bad to worse,” the Health Minister pointed out.

She said they had set up a number of centers covering every MOH office in the Western Province and therefore, asked people to get their vaccine with patience.

“The Ministry of Health has planned to implement this vaccination program for 7 days in more than 20 centers in the Western Province in collaboration with the health staff and the Army. I also urge the public to take steps to protect themselves from this disease by following proper health practices,” she added.

Meanwhile, Minister Wanniarachchi said the remaining doses are scheduled to be given to the Kegalle district vaccination program and another 727,380 doses of AstraZeneca would be received next week. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Jayaratne Sunday, 01 August 2021 06:55 PM

    Please give a third dose to these people as they missed the deadline. Keep the rest of the vaccines for that.

    RoaringCreek Sunday, 01 August 2021 06:55 PM

    Aunty, what about Pani Centers?

    RoaringCreek Sunday, 01 August 2021 06:59 PM

    The worst Health Minister or Minister we have had. If the vaccines were ordered no crowding at vaccination centers. You were throwing pot and enjoying drinking honey from a "Kattadiya". Lucky you escaped rape.

    Roisin Sunday, 01 August 2021 06:59 PM

    How dare you telling us to be patient.

    Richard Vonhagt Sunday, 01 August 2021 07:24 PM

    However, your government has reopened the entire nation, demanding the public to throng at workplaces and in public transportation. What have you got to say about that?

    Sam Silva Sunday, 01 August 2021 07:29 PM

    It is easy to say. All of sudden you can say that you have run out of the vaccination. People don't have faith anymore.

    Lal Sunday, 01 August 2021 07:58 PM

    GOOD MORNING MADAM. after very long time. Thanks

    Ranaweera Sunday, 01 August 2021 08:12 PM

    Your health Ministry is useless. Thanks to the Army, we have good progress in the vaccine drive.

    Rex Jarkie Sunday, 01 August 2021 08:13 PM

    I need to get first dose was not given at the center as I was a warfarin patietnt two months ago and they took all my details and was told me that CSTH (Kalubowila) will contact me Never happened YET

    Jaya Sunday, 01 August 2021 08:19 PM

    The people who had given their land phone number are in doubt whether they will get the message for the 2nd dose

    Colin Sunday, 01 August 2021 08:34 PM

    If the Health Authorities had organised in a better manner the mad rush would have not taken place. They could have stretched it out giving particular dates and dragged on the programme for a fortnight or so. When they tell the public to assemble at a particular place no doubt there is bent to be chaos

    Be safe Sunday, 01 August 2021 09:36 PM

    Before distributing to kegalle district please wait for confirmation from health experts to see if there will be a need for 3rd dose with the vast spreading of virus in south asian region even among recipients of both doses.

    J A Nihal Peiris Monday, 02 August 2021 03:55 PM

    People's Desperate to get their VACCINE now that's why they all Hurriedly to every AVAILABLE centres Also those who missed their Second VACCINE on time must give Additional VACCINE Now immediately but Politicians They have Access to what they want Any time Any where?


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