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Over 7 million fully vaccinated

  • Keheliya says on track to vaccinate 60% of population by mid-October

Over seven million people in Sri Lanka have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination as of Saturday (28), Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella announced.

“Yesterday #lka crossed the 7 million mark for completed second doses of the #COVID19SL #VaccineRollOut. We are on track to vaccinate 60% of the population by mid-October this year as we strive to #reopensl,” he said in a Tweet yesterday (29).

Accordingly, a total of 7,042,418 people have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 so far, which is just over 30% of the population.

Minister Rambukwella, in his tweet, further said that Sri Lanka is on track to vaccinate 60% of the population by mid-October this year, which would be approximately 13.2 million people.

He also says that the government is also striving to reopen the country.

As per the Epidemiology Unit, a total of 12,309,254 people have so far received at least a single dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is still in operation and long queues have been observed near the vaccination centers despite the ongoing quarantine curfew or lockdown. 

A total of 4,612 Covid-19 infections were detected within the day yesterday, the eight consecutive day the daily caseload surpassed 4,000. This brought Sri Lanka’s confirmed Covid-19 cases tally to 426,169.

At present, 59,796 patients are receiving medical care at hospitals, treatment centres, and their respective homes.

Meanwhile, the number of total recoveries has reached 357,598 and the death toll now stands at 8,775.