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Tuesday September 28th, 2021
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Booster shot for Sri Lankan migrant workers: health ministry decision pending

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB) is awaiting a health ministry decision on a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for migrant workers flying to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, an official said.

“We have made a lot of inquiries on this and have requested and informed health ministry officials about this,” SLFEB Deputy General Manager Mangala Randeniya told EconomyNext.

“It is not only for Kuwait, even Saudi Arabia is asking for migrant workers to come with a third approved vaccine dose for those who got Sinopharm.”

The SLFEB has submitted the request and it is up to the health ministry to see it through, he said.

Regarding migrant Sri Lankan workers, the official said everything is going smoothly but there are workers returning to the island as most of their contracts have been complicated by the pandemic.

The SLBFE has vaccinated 13,000 migrant workers so far.

The UAE meanwhile has said that, from September 12, it allows fully vaccinated resident visa holders from countries including Sri Lanka that were previously banned.

However, inbound travelers must undergo a PCR test with a negative result report done within 48-hours before departure and another rapid PCR test before boarding the flight.

Two more PCR test on the fourth day and eighth day after arrival are also required.

Children below the age of 16 are exempted from the procedures. (Colombo/Sept14/2021)

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