There was a delay in administering vaccines because some organised groups were advocating against the booster jab, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella said.
Addressing Ministerial Consultative Committee on Health held in Parliament recently, Rambukwella said the vaccination drive could have been successful if all media outlets, the public sector and political authorities worked together.
“We will continue to educate and motivate the public to get the Covid-19 booster vaccine,” he said.
Speaking further, the Minister said the Ministry of Health has been conducting public awareness campaigns for the booster vaccine. He pointed out that the intervention of political authorities in the vaccination drive had caused some problems in its early days but now has become very successful with the support of political authorities in some areas. (MD)