Pfizer vaccine shelf-life date extended


The Ministry of Health has decided to extend the expiry date of the Pfizer vaccines imported to Sri Lanka, by three months following the recommendation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF.

Accordingly, the expiry date of four batches of vaccines has been extended to 31 October.

The Deputy Director Generals of the Colombo National Hospital and Kandy General Hospital, Provincial Health Service Directors, Regional Health Service Directors, all District General Hospitals, Teaching Hospitals, Regional Hospitals and Primary Hospitals have been informed of the decision in writing by Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena.

“The recommendation on the shelf-life of the COMIRNATI COVID 19 mRNA vaccine has been extended from 9 to 12 months for unopened vials stored at temperatures between -90°C to -60°C. This variation has also been conveyed to the Chief Executive Officer of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) by the Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs of the Pfizer India office,” Dr. Gunawardena said in the letter.

Stocks of vaccines with batch number FN 5436 produced on 2021-11-08, batch number FN 2898 produced on 2021-11-24, batch number FN 9281 produced on 2021-11-17, 2021- batch number FN 5450 manufactured 11-17 were scheduled to expire on 31 July.

However, as per the recommendations, the expiry date of above batches has been extended to 31 October.

By Savani Shashadrie