Digital Desk, Colombo. Sri Lanka is considering making the Covid Vaccine Card mandatory for those entering public places. The President’s Office announced this on Friday. The Special Committee on COVID-19 Control said that they have decided to make Covid Vaccine Card mandatory when entering public places in future. However, he said that legal advice has also been sought regarding preventing non-vaccinated people from entering public places to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
The health ministry is also planning to replace the physical vaccination card with a mobile application. Meanwhile, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed the members of the Special Committee to take necessary steps to administer a booster dose within the next two weeks to control the spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming festive season. On Friday, the island nation also began administering Pfizer-BioNTech booster doses to people over the age of 30 who have received two doses of any COVID-19 vaccine. Since October, booster doses have been given to frontwork line health workers and people above 60 years of age.
The country has given the green signal for the second dose to children aged 16 to 19 years and the first dose to all children between 12 and 15 years. The country is going through a serious financial crisis to promote tourism. President Rajapaksa directed further relaxation of restrictions imposed on tourism. Following news of the spread of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, the travel ban imposed on November 27 on travelers from six African countries – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini – was lifted on Friday.
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