Special programme to vaccinate migrant workers

A special program is to be implemented to vaccinate those who have received visa approval for foreign employment, Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva said.

He had mentioned this at a discussion held with Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Health Ministry officials.

He had stated that nearly 8,000 migrant hopefuls who have received work permits and visas from 15 countries are yet to be vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by those countries.

The workers in question are to work in countries such as Dubai, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Maldives, Malaysia, Israel, and Cypress.

Officials have agreed to vaccinate these migrant hopefuls with the Pfizer vaccine since it is the COVID-19 vaccine accepted by all these countries. 

It has also been noted that the majority of these migrant hopefuls aged below 30 years and therefore, this situation will be given special consideration.

Accordingly, it has been agreed to fully vaccinate the relevant migrant workers at a vaccination center in Colombo from next week as well as to facilitate their departure within a period of 02 months. 

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