- States vaccines obtained with much difficulty following discussions with a number of state heads should be administered with complete transparency
- All above 60 and close associates of infected to be vaccinated
- Vaccine for those who suffer from non-communicable diseases
- Special database for a streamlined vaccination drive and collecting data
- Steps to prevent delays by PCR tests with regard to non-COVID-related deaths
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed the officials to order a batch of vaccine for a third dose, taking the ongoing global situation into account and based on the recommendations by the medical experts.
A number of leading countries have already ordered vaccines for the third dose. The President highlighted the importance of paying attention to this development and preparing Sri Lanka as well for a third dose.
A huge demand for vaccines is evident across the globe. President Rajapaksa said that he discussed with the leaders of a number of nations and requested their assistance to acquire stocks of vaccines for Sri Lanka amidst this competitiveness. Accordingly, the President emphasised the need to provide vaccines obtained with much difficulty in a transparent and organised manner.
The President pointed out the need to vaccinate all individuals over 60 years of age and close associates of the COVID-19-infected, since a large number of vaccines have been received. President Rajapaksa instructed the officials to take necessary steps for the simultaneous vaccination of the patients who suffer from non-communicable diseases as well. The President stated that vaccination is the answer for both containing the COVID-19 pandemic and minimising the infected reaching fatal stages of the virus. He said this during a discussion held with the Special Committee on COVID-19 Prevention at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (10).
The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) has developed a special software to ensure a streamlined vaccination drive and to collect data on all those who have been vaccinated. This will make it easier to set a date and time for the vaccination at the Grama Niladhari and Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Office level. The Government intends to include information on all those who have been vaccinated as well as who will be vaccinated in this database, and also to issue an internationally recognised certificate of vaccination.
Many complaints have been made regarding the delays in conducting the last rites of those who die from non-COVID-19-related causes as PCR tests are being conducted on them. Taking this into consideration, the Special Committee on COVID-19 Prevention decided to take steps to conduct the last rites of those who die due to causes other than COVID-19 within 24 hours.
Ministers Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Bandula Gunawardena, Johnston Fernando, Keheliya Rambukwella, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Prasanna Ranatunga, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Namal Rajapaksa, State Ministers Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Channa Jayasumana, MP Madhura Withanage, Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Health Secretary Major General (Retired) Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, the Commanders of the Armed Forces and the Heads of Health Sector were also present at the meeting.