COVID-19 Vaccination drive in Sri Lanka officially started on Friday morning (Jan. 29) with three military personnel on the frontline to fight the pandemic, receiving the first jabs of the Indian AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine, health officials said.
According to the Ministry of Health, first, the inoculation of frontline health workers, staff of the Tri-Forces and the Police will begin today in the following hospitals.
- Colombo National Hospital
- Colombo-North Teaching Hospital in Ragama
- Colombo-South Teaching Hospital
- Homagama Base Hospital
- Colombo-East Base Hospital in Mulleriyawa
- Infectious Disease Hospital in Angoda
Vaccination of frontline health workers, staff of the Tri-Forces and the Police will take about a week, said Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control on Friday (Jan. 29).
A shipment of 500 000 doses of Indian AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday (Jan. 28).
The Indian Government donation of COVID-19 vaccines was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the Indian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, Gopal Bagley, at Katunayake Airport.
Courtesy to: News1st