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15 to 18-year-old likely to get vaccinated first -GMOA

The Government Medical Officers’ Association says students with inherent illnesses and students sitting the Ordinary and Advanced Level Examinations must be prioritised during vaccinations of children.

GMOA Media Committee member Dr. Nalinda Herath speaking at a media briefing said school children should be vaccinated through hospitals under the supervision of specialist doctors.

Dr. Herath said the GMOA has repeatedly submitted proposals to the technical committees on vaccinations on groups that should be prioritised.

He noted that more than 90% of teachers and non-academic staff at schools have been fully vaccinated as of now.

However, Dr. Herath stated that canteen operators at schools and persons engaged in transporting school children must also be vaccinated.

Dr. Herath meanwhile said the 12 to 18 category for vaccinations has been made 12 to 19.

He claimed during the vaccination of this age group, students with inherent illnesses and students sitting for examinations will be prioritised.

Dr. Herath said the group will likely be above 15 years of age while discussions are still underway on the vaccination of students between the 12 to 15 age group.  

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