Booster will help control COVID-19 spread – Health Deputy Director General

Booster will help control COVID-19 spread – Health Deputy Director General

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic could be successfully controlled by taking the booster shot, said Health Ministry Deputy Director General Dr. Hemantha Herath yesterday.

He said that following the COVID-19 booster shot being administered to the Sri Lankans from November 24, the reporting of the new COVID-19 cases has seen a drop in the number of daily cases to 500 or less when compared to a few months ago.

He added that a better result could be achieved if all those eligible were vaccinated with the booster shot whereas there has been a drop in the number of people, among those who got both vaccine doses, to get the third dose (the booster shot). He added that the arrival of the recipients is at a slower phase to get the booster shot which should not be the case.

The statistics of the Epidemiology Unit revealed that 3,550,824 persons out of the eligible population (above 20 years) have so far taken the COVID 19 booster dose. It also revealed that 98 percent and 85 percent of the eligible population have taken the first and the second doses of COVID 19 vaccines respectively.

In the meantime Sri Lanka received another shipment of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines purchased by the State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) during the wee hours yesterday. A special flight chartered by the Emirates airlines carrying 1,147,770 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived in the country where it was later moved to the central storage facility in Colombo.