The Chairman of the State Pharmaceutical Corporation Dr. Prasanna Gunasena says administering the first COVID-19 vaccine dose using vaccine doses reserved for second jabs is not against the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Dr. Gunasena said another four million doses of COVID vaccines are scheduled to be delivered in the first week of September.
He claimed they will not face any difficulty in administering the second dose.
The SPC Chairman said the country’s vaccination drive is moving forward rapidly adding however the number of COVID infections is also high.
He said when considering the coronavirus infected individuals, patients with severe symptoms and fatalities, it is evident that a majority are unvaccinated, individuals who have not built up immunity adequately despite getting vaccine jabs or are individuals suffering from pre-existing medical conditions.
Dr. Gunasena said due to this situation, the Ministry of Health through Epidemiologists have requested unvaccinated individuals over the age of 30 years to obtain the first vaccine dose from any vaccination centre.
He said all health officials have been directed to vaccinate these individuals even with vaccines reserved to be used as the second jab.
The SPC Chairman requested the public to contact the area Medical Officer of Health in order to obtain the vaccine.
Dr. Gunasena said everyone must understand the importance of vaccinations in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.