A booster vaccination week will take place starting today to mark the completion of a year since the country’s COVID-19 immunisation program commenced.
Special vaccination programs will be carried out in hospitals as well as MOH offices.
On 27 January 2021, Sri Lanka received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines, which was a donation of 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca from India. Two days later, vaccination of frontline workers attached to the health sector, military, and police commenced in eight hospitals in the Western Province.
In the months that followed, Sri Lanka also received shipments of Sinopharm, Sputnik V, Moderna and Pfizer. According to State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) Chairman Dr. Prasanna Gunasena, the country has received 26 million doses of Sinopharm, 18 million doses of Pfizer, 2,865,424 doses of AstraZeneca, 1.5 million doses of Moderna, and 195,000 doses of Sputnik V.
This includes 6.8 million doses donated by China, Japan, USA, India and the World Health Organization.
The last shipment of COVID-19 vaccines reached the island on 10 January.
At present, the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to 16,583,724 persons and the second dose has been administered to 13,897,682 persons. First dose coverage is 76.99% and second dose coverage is 64.62%.
Of the population over 20 years, 33.9% had received the booster dose as of 24 January. The Epidemiology Unit states that 5,046,823 persons have received the booster dose.
On Thursday, 65,290 persons received COVID-19 vaccines and this includes the first, second and booster doses.
The Epidemiology Unit states that 26,923 persons received the booster dose on Thursday.
The first dose of Pfizer was administered to 32,090 persons on Thursday and 5,074 persons received the second dose of the vaccine. In total, 2,151,278 persons have received the first dose of Pfizer and 497,593 persons have received the second dose of the vaccine.
On Thursday, the first dose of Sinopharm was administered to 386 persons and the second dose was administered to 817 persons. A total of 11,988,904 persons have received the first dose of the vaccine and the second dose has been administered to 11,038,323 persons.
A total of 1,479,631 persons have received the first dose of AstraZeneca and 1,418,593 persons have received the second dose of the vaccine.
The Epidemiology Unit states that 804,801 persons have received the first dose of Moderna and the second dose of the vaccine has been administered to 787,361 persons.
The first dose of Sputnik V has been administered to 159,110 persons and the second dose has been administered to 155,812 persons.