MOH clinics to vaccinate 18-20-year-olds from 23 October

  • 80% of A/L students in major Colombo city schools vaccinated

BY Pamodi Waravita

Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) Director Dr. Ranjith Batuwanthudawa told The Morning yesterday (20) that all Medical Officer of Health (MOH) offices in the country will conduct a Covid-19 vaccination clinic in their respective MOH offices from 23 October, at which all children aged 18-20 years can receive their Covid-19 vaccine.

“Schools have already begun the vaccination process for children who sat for their General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A/L) exam for the first time in 2020, and children who will be sitting for the same in 2021. The MOH offices will conduct the vaccination programme for all children between the ages of 18 and 20 years, including ones who may not be currently attending school,” said Dr. Batuwanthudawa.

He added that 80% of children in the larger national schools within the Colombo city where vaccination already commenced for A/L children last week, have received their Covid-19 vaccine.

Speaking at a HPB press conference held yesterday, Health Ministry School Health Services Office Head Dr. T.M. Jayalath said that students are highly motivated and enthusiastically participating in the vaccination programme, as per their observations.

Meanwhile, the provincial governors have decided to reopen the primary sections of schools coming under the purview of provincial councils (PCs) and with less than 200 students from today (21). Commenting on this, Dr. Jayalath said that the adherence to health guidelines, especially wearing facemasks, washing hands, and social distancing is still essential in the prevention of Covid-19 infection.