Second dose of Covishield jab in May – Dr. Samaraweera
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Administering the second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine is to commence from the first week of May, Epidemiology Chief, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said.
He added the Specialists Committee which met yesterday (19) had made the decision in accordance with operational feasibility.
Fielding questions, Dr. Samaraweera said a further delay in administering the second dose of the Covishield vaccine even after a lapse of 12-13 weeks “would not be harmful” to those who had received its first dose in late January.
He said earlier there was a balance of 300,000 vaccine doses, while the Unit had administered the vaccine to over 925,242 persons by 11 April 2021.
The Epidemiology Unit initially planned on commencing the administration of the second Covishield vaccine dose from yesterday (19).
Meanwhile, the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak said the total number of COVID-19 cases had reached a startling 96,794. The highest numbers were recorded from Colombo (32,651) and Gampaha (19,002).
Also, the centre said six students had been diagnosed with COVID-19 from Dharmapala College, Kottawa yesterday (19).