Inoculation with the second dose of COVID vaccine to commence after New Year

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control said today that the inoculation of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine would commence from 19th of this month.

The State Minister responding to an oral question raised by Opposition parliamentarian Gayantha Karunathilaka told Parliament that 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were in stock to be used for the second dose.

The Minister said vaccination of the second dose would take place from 19 April to 30 June.

She said that the stocks of AstraZeneca vaccines that have been ordered from India would be received during this period.

Meanwhile, State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana says the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, donated by China, will be added to Sri Lanka’s vaccination drive from today. Chinese nationals residing in Sri Lanka are to be given Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine first.


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