Govt. aims to protect vulnerable elders, says State Minister, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle


State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and Covid Disease Control, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle has said that 72% of the senior citizens living in homes for elders in Sri Lanka have been vaccinated.

The goal was to inoculate all of them as soon as possible, she said during a discussion at the Ministry of Health with the officials of the Secretariat for Elders and the Department of Social Services recently.

There are 349 elders’ homes, accommodating 8,806 people. Of those adults, 6,360 have already been vaccinated and another 2,446 are scheduled to be vaccinated. These homes employ about 3,000 workers and they too will be fully vaccinated soon, according to the State Minister.

“Others elders over 60 years of age are still being vaccinated at selected government hospitals and locations,” Dr. Fernandopulle said.