Children Should Follow Health Guidelines – Dr. Herath
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
There is no connection between the vaccination of children and the reopening of schools, Deputy Director General (Disaster Management and Emergency Response) Dr. Hemantha Herath said, observing that children too should closely follow health guidelines even after receiving the COVID jab. Dr. Herath, speaking to the Media on Friday (23) said Children too should follow the health safety guidelines. “If not, the health services would not be able to prevent the emergence of a school cluster in the future,” he warned.
Meanwhile, Director of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children (LRH) Dr. G. Wijesuriya said vaccination of children over 12 years was launched on Friday (24) at his hospital and the Teaching Hospitals of Kurunegala and Anuradhapura. Initially, children with Thalassemia would be administered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by Monday (27) hospitals above the Base Hospital category would commence the inoculation of children above 12 years with illnesses.
He said vaccination in the remaining provinces would commence after that. Dr. Wijesuriya said children suffering from cardiovascular, blood, liver, kidney and mental illnesses would be given priority. He noted that a register had been prepared.
Children to receive the vaccine would be examined by a specialist doctor to ensure that the child did not have any other illnesses such as high fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea before being given the jab. The child may not be given the coronavirus vaccine in that case, the LRH Director added.