ECONOMYNEXT – School students in Sri Lanka aged 18 and 19 can get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from October 21 onwards, Army Commander Gen Shavendra Silva said.
Teenagers aged 18 and 19 who do not go to school can get the Pfizer jab from their local Medical Officer of Health (MOH) office also from October 21, the national COVID-19 task force said.
Health authorities confirmed 772 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday (07) and 44 deaths for the previous day.
Sri Lanka’s vaccine rollout has been going smoothly for the most part, barring a concerning vaccine hesitancy among the younger population.
So far, 14,668,212 Sri Lankans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, while 12,123,409 are fully vaccinated. However, as of Thursday, only 55.8 percent of young people aged 20 to 29 had received their first dose, while only 14.1 percent have received both doses. (Colombo/Oct08/2021)