Mobile service to administer booster dose
Presidential instructions were issued for the booster dose to be administered to those over 60 through a mobile service, the Presidential Media Division (PMD) announced.
The PMD said among the instructions issued at the COVID-19 Task Force meeting on Friday (26), President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had directed the health officials to carry out a mobile vaccination service to administer the booster dose to citizens over 60 who had received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine over three months earlier.
The President had also instructed for the booster dose to be administered to those over 60 when they attended medical clinics. A decision was taken to administer the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to the over 20s category who suffered from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) after a one month lapse of having been administered the second dose. Accordingly, the third dose of the vaccine would be administered to cancer patients, those being treated for cancer, patients who have undergone organ transplant surgery, haemodialysis patients, and all those who are immunocompromised due to NCDs would be vaccinated.
The PMD said Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Dr. Asela Gunawardena, had noted that these people could obtain the booster or the third dose from the relevant medical clinics or, from the Medical Officer of Health (MoH) in their area on Saturdays. The issue of providing the ‘Molnupiravir’ Capsule which has been recommended by the World Health Organisation for COVID-19 treatment was discussed.
President Rajapaksa had instructed the State Minister for Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals, Prof. Channa Jayasumana to take measures to import the relevant drug through the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) following the procedure that was observed when getting down the COVID-19 vaccine. The lack of concern among the rural population with regard to the spread of COVID-19 was also discussed.
The President instructed the health authorities to take urgent action to control the viral spread in the rural areas and to create awareness among that population before it was too late. Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, State Ministers Sisira Jayakody and Prof. Channa Jayasumana, Health Secretary Major General (Retired) Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, and the Commanders of the Tri-Forces were also present at the meeting. (DJ)