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President instructs to give only Pfizer vaccines to children

19 September, 2021

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed that all children be given only the Pfizer vaccine as recommended by the Specialists Committee.

The President inquired about the vaccination program for the children at an online meeting of the Special Committee on Covid-19 Control chaired by President Rajapaksa on Friday.

Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena said that the Committee of Health Experts has recommended that vaccine priority be given to children between the ages of 12-19 years who are suffering from chronic diseases.

Dr. Gunawardena said that they have planned to conduct the vaccination only at the clinics with the permission of the parents, subject to the supervision of the clinical specialist.

The President inquired about the vaccination of healthy children in the age group of 12-15 years from the Medical Specialists Committee. The Committee noted that the rest of the world has not yet moved towards this, and that the vaccines are recommended for everyone between the ages of 15 and 19.

The President instructed to complete the vaccination of all children between the ages of 15 and 19 expeditiously and to administer the vaccine only in hospitals. The President stressed the importance of properly educating the parents in this regard.

It was revealed at the meeting that the Government has made plans to lift the quarantine curfew on October 1, after taking into account the current situation.

Specialist Dr. Prasanna Gunasena and Prof. Neelika Malavige said that it was observed that the youth expect to obtain only a selected vaccine, and no specific vaccine has yet been introduced, and all vaccines are of high quality, and therefore, everyone should get the vaccines without waiting for a specific one.

The importance of referring patients with complications developed post-Covid treatment for Ayurvedic treatment and the establishment of Post-Covid Treatment Centres in rural Ayurvedic Hospitals was also discussed.