Pfizer booster from 1 Nov
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed health authorities to commence administration of a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine as a booster from 1 November to frontline workers including those in the health, security, airports and tourism sectors.
It was also decided to complete the vaccination of all eligible children within two weeks. The President also instructed to expedite the vaccination process. President Rajapaksa pointed out the need to take steps to bring down the current number of COVID-19 deaths to zero and focus on areas where cases are being reported to stop the virus from spreading. He made these remarks during the virtual meeting of the Special Committee on COVID-19 Control held on Friday (22).
The Special Committee decided to commence the primary sections and grades 11 and 13 for all schools following discussions with the education and health sectors while attention was also paid to the possibility of restarting tuition classes. Train services within provinces will commence from next Monday (25).
The interprovincial train services will be operational from 1 November and the Committee recommended that only passengers with season tickets be allowed to travel under the first phase while the President instructed to add extra train compartments to reduce congestion. Attention was also drawn to lifting the ongoing interprovincial travel restrictions from 1 November.