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Referring to the hesitancy shown by the younger population to receive the COVID vaccine, Chairman of State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) Dr. Prasanna Gunasena said it could result in high danger increasing the viral loads in the society.

He told Daily Mirror that the turnout of young people to vaccination centres is extremely low at present.

“The young people may not get the illness severely. But it will continue the viral loads in society. If the viral loads remain in the society, it can give rise to new variants,” he pointed out.

“In such a situation, a variant could develop within the society, which is not responding to current vaccines resulting in high danger. That’s why the WHO recommends that the vaccination should be done to reduce the viral loads,” Dr Gunasena highlighted.

He said if the viral load goes down and herd immunity develops, the risk of emerging a new variant is very much less.

“Thus, it is imperative to encourage young people and others to get the vaccine without further delay,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Dee Wednesday, 22 September 2021 06:19 AM

    So why not get down proper vaccine!

    Gayen Wednesday, 22 September 2021 06:24 AM

    It's not the job of the unvaccinated to protect the vaccinated. That's the vaccines Job. #MybodymyChoice

    P A S P Perera Wednesday, 22 September 2021 06:28 AM

    Sometimes youngsters may think that | Vaccines are still at trail stage | WHO has approved these vaccines only for emergency purposes | Vaccines have sides effects including death due to these vaccines | Country's vaccination programme abused by politician and doctors by obtaining consents | Even people get vaccinated, they will get infected with Covid | Some countries expecting specific type of vaccines when they grant visas | Vaccines efficay wane after one or two years. So many reosons.

    Sachi Kuhananthan, MD Wednesday, 22 September 2021 07:19 AM

    The pandemic in Sri Lanka is over due to herd immunity by natural infections. There will not be any new wave. There is no need to vaccinate anyone anymore.

    vince Wednesday, 22 September 2021 11:15 AM

    Yes, there is. it is the mutating variants that one has to be aware of. It is your choice not to have it and maybe pay the ultimate, but please do not spout out your uninformed and ludicrous strutting here.

    fact Wednesday, 22 September 2021 12:15 PM

    Human immune system can handle any virus specially for youngsters ,we dont have to meddle with system of the youth and make them like genetically modified food

    Chux Wednesday, 22 September 2021 07:38 AM

    Yes they are educated as you all pay the same price for Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccines and more interested to give our money to China

    Jude Wednesday, 22 September 2021 07:43 AM

    Only solution, vaccine passport!! Yeah!! Without it no one can Go in public transport, movie theaters, sports stadium and venues!! Moreover, no entry to school, university or hospitals !!

    Handy Wednesday, 22 September 2021 07:56 AM

    By not giving the vaccine earlier, giving the 2nd dose after 4 1/2 months and allowing Brandix to create a covid cluster plunged the country to an abyss. Don't start giving excuses for the clear mess up.

    P A S P Prerea Wednesday, 22 September 2021 08:01 AM

    I think unvaccinated people do not try to enter public places unnecessarily, because those people who got vaccinated are there without complying the health guideline. Actually vaccinated people even does not know they get infected. So it is better to avoid public places in the future weather you get vaccinated or not.

    selvakumar Wednesday, 22 September 2021 08:14 AM

    Who have higher level varil load to body the corona vaccines will run with soumith way to them ???

    bandara Wednesday, 22 September 2021 08:21 AM

    Jude, there is another simple solution than printing out passports. Just give what they are asking for. Simple

    Concern Wednesday, 22 September 2021 08:26 AM

    Can anyone tell me the prices of vaccines imported into this country? ? I came to know Bangladesh gets cinopharm lesser than us?

    Anura Nanayakkara Wednesday, 22 September 2021 08:38 AM

    Simply bring legislation to make vaccination compulsory to engage in professions serving the public. Also to apply for overseas jobs and for overseas travel vaccination should be compulsory.

    ruwan Wednesday, 22 September 2021 08:39 AM

    anti vaccine agendas are so much in play. no vaccine is 100% safe. its always risks vs benefits. some acts like not getting vaccination is some heroic act. its not. it is putting society at risk. not themselves may be. but the whole society. that's irresponsible and kinda selfish act

    UniDon Wednesday, 22 September 2021 08:46 AM

    they are dreaming on reborn in a harbor city like Hanbantota

    Mahesh Wednesday, 22 September 2021 09:44 AM

    Get what ever the vaccine available if you are not vaccinated yet. Government should set a deadline for those who are not getting vaccines without any valid reason. Impose heavy penalty and also do not allow them to enter any public place. Do this using a special gazette.

    Ranaweera Wednesday, 22 September 2021 10:10 AM

    Selfish and stupid. Most only know how to use social media.

    Godayata Magic Wednesday, 22 September 2021 10:23 AM

    Coming up with reasons and reasons to force the people to get the so called VACCINE. Cancer is more dangerous compared to Covid, why don't you people protest against companies who produce food using chemicals which leads to cancer. If wearing mask doesn't stop us from getting the virus what's the purpose of wearing the mask? If wearing mask stops the virus coming in what's the purpose of getting the vaccine? Covid has become a soup because of so called medical professionals. First request the WHO to go for a thorough RESEARCH rather than coming up with assumptions.

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Wednesday, 22 September 2021 12:05 PM

    There are many people in the world who are against vaccination. It is also known that many newly ill people who are in hospitals are not vaccinated.

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Wednesday, 22 September 2021 10:47 AM

    I am from Germany and am fully vaccinated. Again, unfortunately, there are people who are against vaccination. It is up to the education about the vaccines. One should not only concentrate on the statements of naturopaths but also on the medical. In Germany, people have also relied on statements from doctors and now they are of the opinion that only if you vaccinate as many as possible can you defeat the virus.

    tissa Wednesday, 22 September 2021 10:50 AM

    To this ignorant person Jude: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Benjamin Franklin Please consider moving to a communist country.

    Fed up youth Wednesday, 22 September 2021 11:46 AM

    Oh look, isn't this the Joker who said Hambanthota youth got Pfizer cause it's closer to a harbor? So, what about Colombo? Are we getting Sinopharm cause it's closer to Borella cemetery? The youth is uninterested regarding Sinopharm due to various reasons including the fact that they (Sinopharm) is not recognized worldwide hence affecting their future plans. I see many who've got Pfizer or Moderna through connections pushing the Colombo youth to get "Whatever is available" cause "The first vaccine is the best". Sincerely, clutch your pearls elsewhere and have your privilege checked. Also, kudos to those who try to paint us as anti-vaxxers and propose "heavy penalties". Honey, we ain't saying we don't need it. If you can't differentiate between those two that's your problem but please stay out of the conversation. If you're still fretting, get mad, stay mad lads.

    Fedup Youth Wednesday, 22 September 2021 11:51 AM

    Oh look, isn't this the Joker who said Hambanthota youth got Pfizer cause it's closer to a harbor? So, what about Colombo? Are we getting Sinopharm cause it's closer to Borella cemetery? The youth is uninterested regarding Sinopharm due to various reasons including the fact that they (Sinopharm) is not recognized worldwide hence affecting their future plans. I see many who've got Pfizer or Moderna through connections pushing the Colombo youth to get "Whatever is available" cause "The first vaccine is the best". Sincerely, clutch your pearls elsewhere and have your privilege checked. Also, kudos to those who try to paint us as anti-vaxxers and propose "heavy penalties". Honey, we ain't saying we don't need it. If you can't differentiate between those two that's your problem but please stay out of the conversation. If you're still fretting, get mad, stay mad lads.

    jason sean Wednesday, 22 September 2021 11:59 AM

    To the person called Jude. Are you Xi Jingping ? Take a flight ticket to china and don't come back. Why are you forcing people to take an experimental vaccine against their wishes ? Are you going to compensate them if they suffer long term side effects? Ever heard of natural immunity ??? Its a virus , it will always mutate. People like you make me sick

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Wednesday, 22 September 2021 01:43 PM

    You can get corona at any time, just as you can get sick with the flu, even if you are vaccinated against it.

    European Wednesday, 22 September 2021 12:06 PM

    For once I agree with Jude. This passport works perfectly well in Europe. Europe is almost back to normal. Please get yourselves vaccinated.

    marc Wednesday, 22 September 2021 12:47 PM

    lol

    Asiri Wednesday, 22 September 2021 01:30 PM

    Dear Jude, people like you are a shame to society and the human race as a whole. You believe in suppression and restriction of freedom. Thats the trademark of the devil. Even God gives man a choice so who are you to make such a claim? what if another regulation comes where they can take your home by force? Its called gradualism 1st they say its a choice then they say its a mandate. open your eyes and look beyond the vaccine. Its our freedom is at stake! The vaccine is a Trojan horse!

    SisterJones Wednesday, 22 September 2021 02:00 PM

    This honorable gentleman is the one who justified giving Pfizer to Hambantota - thereby starting the superiority madness for vaccines.

    Kali Wednesday, 22 September 2021 03:19 PM

    Pfizer and China Vaccines Can’t Find Anymore Buyers. It is even blocked by FDA Not to vaccinate 1-65 American People. Only blind reckless Srilankan pharmaceutical greedy clowns are buying Pfizer rejected vaccines to give to Young srilanka.

    Sad But True Wednesday, 22 September 2021 04:22 PM

    Completely agree with @Fedup Youth. The entire Pfizer vaccination campagine was heavily politized from day one. Something does add up when very select areas of the Hamanthotha and Puttalam district were prioritized with the Pfizer jabs over Colombo. Several reasons for this could be: 1) To secure more votes in these areas. 2) Prevent Colombo folks from aspiring to migrate/study abroad- this also stops the country's "brain drain". People should have a preference to choose their jabs for their own bodies. Nobody has the right to dictate what others should be putting into their own bodies. Labeling such people as " anti-vaxxers" and "vaxxer-phobes" isn't gonna help this campaign.

    Reader Wednesday, 22 September 2021 05:29 PM

    Playing with people's life using covid and vaccines, many vaccinated people got affected and died also. Now, in north part, death body became a business. One should pay 6000/- for MC then, from hospital, death body is handed over to some people, they are charging 60000 to 70000/- to cremate the body. High business is happening, so due to this, even a normal death put into the covid-death list. Where is the human nature? We all living in Lord Buddha's land and his preaching are given to mankind to show love and mercy on each others and follow the rightous path.


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