The covid eradication vaccination programme has commenced. Vaccine stock was donated to Sri Lanka under Indian Government’s following a request made by the President to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. The gift from India is keeping in line with India’s continued support to Sri Lanka in fighting the COVID pandemic.
Three military personnel have received the first jabs of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVISHIELD vaccines in Sri Lanka at the Army Hospital in Colombo.
Sri Lanka kicked off the vaccination drive against COVID-19 at seven hospitals this morning. Meanwhile, Dr Ananda Wijewickrama became the first medical officer in the country to be vaccinated against COVID-19. He was administered the jab at the Infectious Disease Hospital .
The launch of the program officially commenced at the IDH with the participation of State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Mr Gopal Baglay and other officials. Dr. Fernandopulle stated that this vaccination programme was initiated earlier due to the hard dedication and enthusiasm of the President.
Meanwhile the vaccination programme was also conducted at the Narahenpita and Panagoda army camp under the patronage of the army commander General Shavendra Silva..