ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka began vaccinating pregnant women over 30 of years age with non-communicable diseases against COVID-19 June 09 in the Western province, health officials said.
The first dose of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine was administered to pregnant women that met the above criteria at the Piliyandala Medical Officer of Health (MOH) office and the state-run Castle Street maternity hospital June 09 morning.
Director general of Health Services Dr Asela Gunawardena told reporters that vccinated women will still need to follow COVID-19 health guidelines, he added.
“Wear a mask, wash your hands and limit going out, because we give the vaccine to protect you and the baby,” he said.
Health Services Deputy Director Dr Hemanth Herath said vaccination staff have been informed which vaccination centres will roll out vaccines for pregnant women. The rollout will be coordinated by the Family Health Bureau, he said.
“Don’t go to every vaccination centre. Pregnant women will be informed of the specific locations through the Family Health Bureau officer in the area,” Herath said. (Colombo/ June 09/2021)