Sri Lanka government says it expects to commence vaccinating the general public for COVID-19 from next month.
State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control Sudarshini Fernandopulle said they have identified 4,000 centres to launch the national public vaccination drive.
She added the government has made purchase orders for Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines and the country will also receive vaccine doses through the World Health Organisation’s COVAX facility.
State Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle noted that they will operate 2,000 centres at a time and around 300 doses will be administered at a centre daily after the country receives the required stocks.
She said they are able to administer around 600,000 doses of the vaccine on a day with everyone above the age of 60 given the jab on a priority list.
The State Minister of COVID Disease Control noted that parallelly those between the ages of 30 and 60 will also be given the vaccine jabs from the first week of March.
She said the government has already administered more than 160,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVIShield vaccine to frontline workers.
State Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle said all preparations have been made to commence the national vaccination drive as soon as they receive the necessary stocks.