ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka to start rolling out the booster dose from November 01,2021, front line pandemic workers will be prioritized, a health official said.
The Director General of Health Services, Asela Gunawardena told reporters on Sunday (31),
The Pfizer-BionTech booster dose that will be initially given to the front line workers who have completed the six months of receiving a second dose of a vaccine.
“The booster dose will be given six months after the second dose” Gunawardena said. “It will be given according to the respective order that the vaccination was done”
Gunawardena said as according to the order, initially it will be given to the front line health workers, tri forces and police personnel, airport workers, port workers and people in the tourism industry due to direct contact of patients and personnel coming from abroad.
Then it will be given for the above 60 years old population, people with medical conditions in between the age of 30-60 and then all above 20 years old.
Sri Lanka has vaccinated 61 percent of the population against Coronavirus with 48 percent from Sinopharm official data showed, amid calls for more robust vaccination of older persons.
Sri Lanka Medical Association, a group of independent doctors said about 7 percent of over-60 population who received Sinopharm appeared to not get protection and they required a booster shot.
By October 29, 70.5 percent of the population had been vaccinated with one dose.
Sri Lanka’s vaccination rate came with China supplying large quantities, while supplies of others Pfizer is improving.
Up to October 31, about 6.4 percent of the population have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca and 3.66 percent with Pfizer which is being ramped up.
Partly helped by the rapid Sinopharm rollout and a recent lockdown Sri Lanka’s new infections have fallen to around 500 to 600 a day and deaths to between 20 and 30 a day. (Colombo/ October 31/2021)