70% of the population has been vaccinated; Health Minister tells EU

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70% of the population has been vaccinated; Health Minister tells EU


Fri, Oct 29, 2021, 11:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Health Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella told a group of European Union officials today (29) that 70% of the country’s population has been vaccinated.

The Minister also pointed out that the population over 30 years of age has been fully vaccinated when the Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Denis Chaibi, called on Minister Rambukwella at the Ministry of Health today (29).

The European Union, in coordination with the World Health Organization, donated about 2 million Euros worth of medical equipment to Sri Lanka’s healthcare system. These include pulse oximeters, ECG machines, oxygen regulators, hospital beds, and more.

The Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka also discussed the provision of a special relief loan of Euro100 million through the European Investment Bank to control the Covid epidemic.

The Minister pointed out that nearly 60% of the 20-29 year old population in Sri Lanka, which has the highest level of vaccination in the world, has been vaccinated and 32% of 15-19 year old school level children have been vaccinated.

Mr. Rambukwella said that a booster vaccine would be introduced to the people of the country and that priority would be given to the frontline workers in the health, defense and tourism sectors. He pointed out that there is a stock of one million vaccines to start this program and that the country receives around 400,000 vaccines every week.

The Minister also pointed out that those who have not been vaccinated due to various religious and traditional views will be directed to get the vaccine by individually visiting them from house to house. He said that the Government of Sri Lanka is carrying out a maximum program for vaccination and control of Covid and everything else is the responsibility of the people.

The Minister said that people from countries such as France, Germany and India are planning to hold their wedding ceremonies in Sri Lanka and the authorities are considering the necessary guidelines for that.

The Minister said that discussions are underway to make the vaccination card compulsory in the country and it will be very important to direct the youth to vaccination.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Chaibi pointed out that travel restrictions in Europe as well as health guidelines are being relaxed. He also said that the vaccination card has been made mandatory and that the card will be checked especially when entering public places.

Secretary to the Ministry of Health Maj. Gen. Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Dr. Sherly Stapleon, Country Director, World Vision Lanka, Dr. Olivia Niveras, Public Health Administration Officer, World Health Organization and Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services were also present on the occasion.

The Minister said that people from countries such as France, Germany and India are planning to hold their wedding ceremonies in Sri Lanka and are considering the necessary guidelines for that. The Minister said that discussions are underway to make the vaccination card compulsory in the country and it will be very important to direct the youth to vaccination. Speaking at the event, EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Denny Chaibi pointed out that travel restrictions in Europe as well as health guidelines are being relaxed. He also said that the vaccination card has been made mandatory and that the card will be checked especially when entering public places. Maj. Gen. Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sherly Stapleon, Country Director, World Vision Lanka, Dr. Olivia Niveras, Public Health Administration Officer, World Health Organization and Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services were also present on the occasion.

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