Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 Vaccine Update: General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, announced today that the next phase of the COVID-19 inoculation drive will begin in Ratnapura and Jaffna districts.
Coronavirus vaccination programs are implemented following recommendations from the health sector based on an assessment of the risks of COVID-19 infection in each locality.
Immunization against COVID-19 began in the Western Province and was later expanded to the Galle, Matara, and Kurunegala districts.
According to Epidemiology Unit data, as of Thursday (May 27), 1,503,635 people had received the first dose of their coronavirus vaccine and 344,397 had received the second dose as well.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hemantha Herath, Deputy Director-General of Health Services, stated that the second batch of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, which arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday night, will be distributed in Kandy District.
Update on Sputnik V vaccines received last night
The second batch of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines, which arrived on Thursday (May 27), is expected to be distributed in Kandy District, according to Dr. Hemantha Herath, Deputy Director-General of Health Services.
A consignment of 50,000 doses of the Russian-made COVID vaccine arrived in Sri Lanka last night, under a purchase order placed by the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) to boost the island’s immunization campaign.
Unlike other similar vaccines such as Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca, the Sputnik jab uses two slightly different vaccine versions for the first and second doses.
As a result, people who have already received the first dose of the Sputnik V vaccine cannot be given the second dose using the new stock, Dr. Herath explained further.
As a result, the second dose of the vaccine will be obtained separately, he said.