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Mobile vaccinations for elderly/differently abled

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

The Army yesterday (12) launched a special mobile vaccination programme in the Western Province to provide Covid-19 vaccines to elderly and differently-abled persons who have not yet received Covid-19 vaccines, while the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has launched a similar programme on behalf of the immobile and bedridden.

The programme commenced under the patronage of Army Commander and National Operations Centre for the Prevention of the Covid-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) Head Gen. Shavendra Silva at the Army Headquarters in Akuregoda, Pelawatta yesterday.

A team of doctors from the Army Medical Corps and about 10 special vehicles have been deployed for this purpose. Anyone wishing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine through this programme can register by calling 0112860002 or 1906.
Gen. Silva told the media that there were reports of significant numbers of people in the Colombo District who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19 and that it was difficult to get elderly and differently abled persons to come to vaccination centres.

Accordingly, he said that this programme was arranged to facilitate the provision of vaccines to such persons, and that as a first step, Covid-19 vaccines were given to residents of the Colombo North area in the Colombo District under the mobile vaccination programme since 10 a.m. yesterday.

“They were informed by telephone on 11 August regarding what time the teams would be present at their residences. Accordingly, vaccines were given to the elderly and differently abled persons in Colombo North yesterday and would be provided to those residing in the Colombo South area today (13) through this programme,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the CMC has also organised a mobile vaccination programme.

CMC Medical Officer of Health (Epidemiology and Statistics) Dr. Dinu Guruge yesterday Tweeted that the said programme has been organised for citizens who are immobile or bedridden and are not able to go to a vaccination centre organised by the CMC.

Any citizen residing in the Colombo 1-15 areas in need of this special service must register with the electronic mail address – mobilevaccination@colombo.mc.gov.lk – by providing their name, national identity card (NIC) number, address, mobile number, and the reason for the request, she noted, and added that the CMC would send those who registered a text message containing the relevant details including when they would receive the vaccine.