APHNH commends Govt for including private sector healthcare workers in vaccination drive
The Association of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes (APHNH) has commended the Government’s recent decision to prioritize private-sector healthcare workers in the country’s ongoing vaccination drive.
Given that COVID-19 vaccines are in short supply globally, APHNH expressed gratitude towards government authorities for inoculating frontline healthcare workers. However, the Association noted that the private healthcare sector is yet to receive their full quota of doses to be administered on all staff. APHNH remains hopeful that the remaining doses will be provided as the country’s vaccine stock grows by the end of February.
The Association noted that the Government’s decision came at an opportune time because the sector’s role in Sri Lanka’s pandemic response had left their healthcare workers increasingly exposed to the virus.
APHNH President Dr. Lakith Peiris also stated that the Association is ready and standing by to assist the Government in COVID- 19 vaccine administration efforts, noting that if private hospitals, too, were authorized to act as vaccination centers alongside the established Government centers, the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations could be expanded.