Sri Lanka to begin Covid-19 vaccination for children 12-15 years of age Friday

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Vaccination of children between the ages of 12-15 years in Sri Lanka will commence on Friday (07), said the Minister of Health, Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella.

Previously, the vaccine was given to children aged 15-19 years. In addition, about 30,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15 with various complications have been vaccinated.

At present, only one vaccine is recommended for children over 12 years of age.

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says that in parallel to the vaccination of school children, school teachers who have not yet received the booster will also be able to get vaccinated at the same locations

The Minister pointed out that non-academic staff and those involved in the transportation of school children will also be able to receive the booster vaccine at the same time, and that maximum steps will be taken to ensure the safety of children during the Covid disaster.

With the new normalization of the country, schools will be able to maintain normalcy from next Monday (10) and all students will be able to return to school at the same time, the Health Minister said. Previously, the schools were open for children in certain grades at a time and from next Monday, the attendance of children will be normal.

Addressing the media at the Ministry of Health today (05), the Minister said, currently, a successful program is being implemented through vaccination.

“The field of education is very important in the normalization of the country. Accordingly, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education have jointly prepared a program to provide vaccinations to teachers representing the entire field of education. So far, many challenges regarding vaccination and epidemics have been overcome.”

The Minister of Health requested the public to Join this program and give their full support to take it forward and get full protection.


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