Sri Lanka on Friday (22) decided the booster dose program will start from first week of November.
"The behaviour of the public is not satisfying,” Health Promotion Bureau Director Dr Ranjith Batuwanthudawa said.
"I have a health issue. It is a kind of leave [that I’m taking’," Gunasena told EconomyNext on Friday (22).
Authorities started vaccinating 18-19-year-olds in on October 15 and expanded island-wide on Thursday (21).
Sri Lanka so far has detected two variants of concern, the Alpha and Delta strains, spreading in the community.
"We saw the same thing happened in April this year when restrictions were relaxed as case numbers dropped."
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Dharmasena said, after the pilot project in Colombo, the programme will continue as previously planned.
“The vaccine that students want arrives in very limited quantifies. We can’t easily purchase it either."
"We can't draw a line and say okay from this day we are free of COVID," Rambukwella said.
Students, academic and non academic staff can go to the nearest university to their residence to get the jab, he said.
“We request the Minister of Health to take immediate action to resolve this issue," the GMOA said.
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So far, 14,668,212 Sri Lankans have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
"We believe the rollout will start within the next two weeks," he said.
"It is to be discussed at this week’s COVID-19 task force meeting," the official said on Monday (04).
'This donation will help Sri Lanka provide safe and effective vaccines, especially to young people with health issues'
The GMOA has demanded clear definitions regarding the annual transfer list of Grade Medical Officers.
The new guidelines have been divided into two periods: October 01 to 15 and October 16 to 30.
"What we have observed in other destinations is that the fewer the controls, the higher the arrivals."
Critics, however, have argued that Sri Lanka’s lockdown is not as stringent as it should be.
Health authorities have also called for a staggered easing of the restrictions.
Fully vaccinated tourists are free to move across the country the way they did before the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on Monday revealed plans for a possible vaccine mandate for Sri Lanka.
"It is really sad if health workers are supporting these unions led by some parties at a time of crisis like this."
As of September 27, only 48 percent of Sri Lanka’s 20-29 age group have received at least one dose of a vaccine.