Schoolchildren over 15 to get Pfizer jab soon – Prof Jayasumana
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
State Minister for Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana said a decision had been taken to inoculate schoolchildren over 15 years of age during the first stage of the vaccination programme for children against COVID-19. He noted that the vaccine would be administered at a Government hospital under the supervision of doctors. The children would be given the Pfizer jab.
During an inspection visit to Divisional Hospital, Eppawela, the Minister noted that the decision on the date on which the vaccinations will commence will be taken in a few days. “Before that special attention needs to be paid on transportation and storage of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab. The cold chain of the vaccine should be maintained right up to the time it is administered. Therefore even storage issues have to be planned out.
Therefore, if the jab is to be administered throughout the island, it is necessary to look at the facilities available at the hospitals and provide special training to the staffer on administering the Pfizer vaccine. It will take us a few days to lay the ground work for all this and inoculations could commence after all preparations are in place,” he said. He reassured the public that the country would receive Pfizer vaccines within the next few weeks.
Four million doses of the vaccine were to arrive in Sri Lanka. Prof. Jayasumana said that by 10 or 11 October 2021 the country would receive 800,000 of those doses of Pfizer. The rest will arrive gradually, he further said. “Our plan is to have the vaccines delivered while moving ahead with the vaccination drive,” the State Minister added.