Digital Desk, Colombo. Sri Lankan health authorities have started giving booster doses for COVID-19 to people aged 60 and above. Booster doses have been started in the Western and Southern Provinces and Anuradhapura and Ampara districts on Wednesday.
Doctors on the ground told Xinhua news agency that the Pfizer vaccine would be used as a booster dose and that everyone in the older age group could go to their nearest immunization centers with their vaccine cards to take a third dose, even if Only if they have received any vaccine as the first or second dose. In Sri Lanka, the first and second doses were given to Sputnik V, Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinopharm.
Health officials said people over the age of 60 are eligible for a booster dose if it has been three months since they received the second vaccine. Officials have also called upon people not to queue at vaccination centres, but to wait for a digital message to be sent about the timing of vaccination. According to health officials, the booster dose campaign in the country first started with frontline workers including security forces personnel, in which more than 1,20,000 people have been given booster doses so far.
According to official figures, 93.5 percent of people over the age of 20 in Sri Lanka have been fully vaccinated. As of Thursday, the total number of corona cases and death tolls in Sri Lanka stood at 5,53,722 and 14,057.