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Sri Lanka vaccinates 61-pct of population, amid over-60s caution

ECONOMYNEXT – 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.
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.

Upto 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.

At the peak of the Indian variant wave Sri Lanka was reporting around 3,600 new cases and hospitals were rapidly running out of space.

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Sri Lanka Medical Association, an independent group has called for more robust vaccination of older persons after tests showed Sinopharm was more effective among younger recipients.

Up to 7 percent of older persons do not developed not developed an adequate level of immunity against the virus.

And with the public movement increasing and the possibility of the spreading accelerate. SLMA said the risk of elderly getting the virus has increased and they are more prone than other groups to severe conditions and death

Also SLMA said the front line workers are now completing six months following the second dose of the Covishield vaccine and the immunity level in their body has also started to wane.

Therefore SLMA recommends the third or booster dose to be roll out without further delay for the above 60 population, below 60 years olds with immune deficiency states and front line workers in the pandemic.

“This should be considered as one of the highest priority activities to do in order to prevent another wave” the SLMA said.

The SLMA said there was a possibility of another wave in December and the public should continue to exercise caution and avoid large gatherings. (Colombo/Oct31/2021)

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