Face mask not mandatory in public places – Prof. Jayasumana

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Newly appointed Health Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana said, wearing a face mask was not mandatory in public places anymore.

However, wearing face masks is still mandatory when using public transport and when taking part in indoor events or in an office.

The Minister further said the administration of a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is currently being considered.

Accordingly, a fourth dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be administered in the near future, he said.

A decision pertaining to the matter is due to be taken by the COVID-19 Technical Committee over the next few days.

He further stated that while the fourth jab is recommended, especially for those who have completed three months since receiving their booster shot (third dose), it will not be mandatory.

When inquired as to the availability of stocks of the Pfizer vaccine, Prof. Jayasumana assured the current stocks of the American vaccine available in Sri Lanka are sufficient, and no importation of doses will be required. 

Prof. Jayasumana assumed duties as the new Health Minister yesterday (18). Health Ministry Secretary Major General (Rtd) Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Secretary to the State Ministry, Dr. Saman Ratnayake, and Director General Health Services, Dr. Asela Gunawardena was also present.

(MD)