The inoculation of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine will begin on the 19th of this month, according to Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics, and COVID Disease Control.
In response to an oral question from Opposition parliamentarian Gayantha Karunathilaka, the State Minister stated that 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were on hand and ready to be used for the second dose.
The second dose of vaccination, according to the Minister, will be administered from April 19 to June 30.
She said that the stocks of AstraZeneca vaccines that have been ordered from India would be received during this period.
Meanwhile, State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana says the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, donated by China, will be added to Sri Lanka’s vaccination drive from today. Chinese nationals residing in Sri Lanka are to be given Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine first.