ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD) have given the green light to start the vaccination of all children aged 15 to 19, a health official said.
ACCD member President of Sri Lanka College of Physicians Dr Harsha Sathischandra told reporters on Wednesday (07) that the committee issued recommendations for jabbing children in above 15 years of age against COVID-19.
“We believe the rollout will start within the next two weeks,” he said.
On September 17, Sri Lanka decided to vaccinate children aged 12 to 14 who suffer from congenital disorders and all children aged 15 to 19 with the Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 jab.
Health authorities started vaccinating children between 12 and 19 years of age with congenital disorders with the Pfizer vaccine on September 24, before going for the 15-19 age group. So far Sri Lanka has vaccinated close to 6,000 out of the 30,000 in the target group.
“We expect to vaccinate other children aged 15 to 19 in an organised rollout the way we did with the children with disorders. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be used for this as well,” Sathischandra said.
“Vaccination will be done in hospitals and Medical Officers of Health (MOH) offices. It will not be rolled out in schools,” he added.
Sathischandra further said similar to other age categories, same common symptoms can appear after the vaccination.
Children must stay hydrated and rest, he said.
“Do not take paracetamol or any other medicine thinking these symptoms will appear. Get the required amount of paracetamol only if you experience pain in the arm, or fever. If any concerning system appears, get medical attention.”
Sathischandra said physicians will be available in every hospital and vaccination will be done under their supervision. (Colombo/Oct07/2021)