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2,000 children with inherent illnesses given first COVID-19 jab

The Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians says around 2,000 children aged between 12 and 19 years with inherent illnesses have been administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Speaking during a media briefing at the Health Promotion Bureau, Chairman Dr. Shaman Rajindrajith said none of the children who received the vaccine experienced severe side effects.

He noted the most common side effect was pain in the injected area, reddening of the area and fever.

He added the second dose will be administered to the relevant children in the same manner, with caution.

Dr. Rajindrajith said a study is being conducted to determine whether it is suitable to administer the vaccine to children aged between 3 and 12 years.

He added the study is being conducted by a specialist group including paediatricians and immunologists.

Dr. Rajindrajith said when the relevant committee submits the report it will be directed to the Director General of Health Services, along with recommendations of the Association.

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