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Plans underway to vaccinate majority by September: PMD

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has presented a comprehensive plan to vaccinate the majority of the population before September, according to the President’s Media Division.

It is planned to make available to the public the number of vaccines to be given within the month of July, giving priority to the districts where the higher risk of Covid outbreak has been identified.

Accordingly, out of the two million Sinopharm vaccines scheduled to be received on July 11, 200,000 will be allocated for the Colombo District, 500,000 for Gampaha and 300,000 for Kalutara and the vaccination of all persons over the age of 30 in the Western Province should be completed before the 30th of this month, the President said.

The President has stated this at a meeting with the Special Committee on Covid Suppression on vaccination and future operations held at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (09).

One lakh each has been allocated for Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Anuradhapura, Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura, Badulla, Matale districts and 200,000 for Kurunegala district.

The President had instructed the health sector to provide these vaccines in a systematic and expeditious manner.

“1.47 million AstraZeneca vaccines are expected to be received in the next two weeks,” it said.

The Presidential Media Unit stated that the Pfizer vaccine has been received and will be given to the people of Mannar and Vavuniya districts and the Modernna vaccine will be given to the Kandy district.

The President also instructed that steps be taken to provide more space for economic activities as a significant percentage of the population has already been vaccinated.

The need to brief embassies on vaccination and the current situation in the country was also discussed.