* President orders an island-wide survey of people still not vaccinated against COVID-19
Fri, Jul 30, 2021, 09:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
July 30, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed the health authorities to conduct a survey covering all parts of the island of those who have still not been vaccinated against COVID-19, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.
According to the PMD, studies on Covid infection and deaths have shown that nearly 95% of the deaths are of the unvaccinated persons.
The President pointed out the need to investigate those who have not yet been vaccinated despite the islandwide distribution of the vaccine and to persuade them to do get vaccinated against the virus.
The President also instructed the officials to conduct a quick survey at the Divisional Secretariat level and obtain a report within a few days on the number of people who have not yet been vaccinated.
President Rajapaksa gave these instructions at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon (30) with the Special Committee on Covid Control on vaccination and future operations.
“The government has fulfilled its responsibility to import the vaccine. It is the duty of the people to act in a manner that would prevent the spread of the disease and to get the vaccine expeditiously,” the President said.
The Covid Control Committee also focused on making it mandatory for people visiting government institutions and public places in the future to have a card certifying that they have been vaccinated. Ministers Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Gamini Lokuge, Johnston Fernando, Keheliya Rambukwella, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Ramesh Pathirana, and Namal Rajapaksa, State Ministers Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Channa Jayasumana and Sisira Jayakody, parliamentarian Madura Vithanage, Chief Adviser to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Health Ministry Major General Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Commanders of the three Armed Forces, the Inspector General of Police, and heads of Security and Health sections were also present.