Sri Lanka begins COVID-19 vaccination of children with co-morbidities today
Fri, Sep 24, 2021, 10:53 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Sept 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka will begin vaccinating children aged between 12 – 19 years with co-morbidities from today, Army Commander and Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) General Shavendra Silva said.
Accordingly, children 12-19 years of age with special health needs and disabilities would receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine under the consultation of respective medical specialists in regional hospitals beginning Friday (24) as per directions given by the President.
The project will be launched at first covering Colombo, Anuradhapura and Kurunegala districts and will cover other areas subsequently targeting healthy children between 15-19 years of age.
COVID-19 vaccines will be administered at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children in Colombo, and at clinics in the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital and Kurunegala Teaching Hospital.
Prior to vaccination children will be examined by a doctor in order to determine if they are eligible for the vaccine. Each child will be vaccinated under the supervision of a pediatrician. It has been decided to administer the vaccine only in the hospital.
Pediatrician Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya says that it is planned to administer the vaccine to children who come to treatment clinics with the permission of their parents and with the recommendation of the relevant specialist.