ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka started administering COVID-19 vaccines to the 20 to 29 years age group in four districts on Monday (06), according to army commander Gen Shavendra Silva.
Vaccination commenced in the Colombo, Gampaha, Galle and Kalutara districts, and will continue at designated vaccination centres in the four districts.
Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) medical officials said the following vaccination centres will be administering the vaccine for residents in Colombo 01 – 15.
CMC vaccination centres
Sugathadasa Stadium – walk in
Ginthupitiya MOH office – walk in
Forbes Road Community Hall – walk in and e-Channelling
Campbell Park – walk in
Shalika Hall – walk in and e-Channelling
Roxy Gardens – walk-in and e-Channelling
Army-run vaccination centres
Panagoda Army Camp
Werahara Army Medical Corps
Dr Dinuka Guruge, epidemiologist at the CMC’s office of the Medical Officer of Health (MOH), said the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine will be given to the 20-29 age category starting Monday.
Health officials said online registration for vaccination is also available through the link https://vaccine.covid19.gov.lk/sign-in
Meanwhile, State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) Chairman Dr Prasanna Gunasena said vaccination of the above 30 years old category will be completed within the week.
“So far we have given 23.5 million doses of the five vaccines used in Sri Lanka (both doses together) in the vaccination programme” Gunasena said, issuing a video to his Instagram feed on September 05.
“The vaccination of over-30s will be completed within next week and vaccination for the above 18 group will be also start at the same time,” he said.
Health authorities have given the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to 12,729,601 Sri Lankans as of September 05, while 9,179,246 are fully vaccinated.
Sri Lanka received another four million doses of Sinopharm vaccines on September 05 and expects another four million by the end of the month.
A batch of 92,430 doses of the Pfizer BioN-Tech vaccine also arrived on September 06. (Colombo/Sep06/2021)