President outlines vaccination drive


President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has presented a comprehensive mechanism to vaccinate a majority of the population against Covid-19 virus before September.

The number of vaccines being received in July will be made available to the public, giving priority to the districts identified as high-risk areas for Covid-19.

The President said that 200,000 doses out of the total two million Sinopharm vaccines to be received on July 11 should be allocated for the Colombo District, 500,000 for Gampaha and 300,000 for Kalutara to complete the vaccination of all persons over the age of 30 in the Western Province before July 30.

The President was addressing a meeting with the Special Committee on Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday, July 9, regarding the vaccination drive and future plans.

Some 100,000 vaccine doses each have been allocated for the Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Anuradhapura, Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura, Badulla and Matale Districts. Two hundred thousand vaccines have been allocated for the Kurunegala District.

It is expected to receive 1.47 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine within the next two weeks. Out of this, 600,000 doses will be allocated to the Colombo District for the people who have received the first dose. The President instructed that the balance should be given as the first and second doses for the people in the Kegalle District.

Plans have been made to administer the Pfizer vaccine doses to the people in the Mannar and Vavuniya Districts while the Moderna vaccine which is to be received is planned to be administered in the Kandy District. It was decided to administer the future vaccine doses to arrive in the country in a scientific manner, taking into account the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

President Rajapaksa also instructed that steps be taken to provide more space for resumption of economic activities as a significant percentage of doses have already been given to the people. It was also discussed the need to brief the foreign diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka on the local vaccination drive and the current situation in the country.

Ministers Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Bandula Gunawardana, Keheliya Rambukwella, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Prasanna Ranatunga, Namal Rajapaksa, State Ministers Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Prof. Channa Jayasumana, Sisira Jayakody, MP Madhura Withanage, Senior Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Health Ministry Major General (Retd.) Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Commanders of the Tri Forces, the Inspector-General of Police and the Heads of health sector were also present at the meeting.