SL begins administering Sinopharm vax to teachers
By IANS | Published: July 13, 2021 11:03 AM2021-07-13T11:03:03+5:302021-07-13T11:15:08+5:30
Colombo, July 13 Sri Lankan authorities have started administering the Chinese Sinopharm vaccines against Covid-19 to teachers and ...
Colombo, July 13 Sri Lankan authorities have started administering the Chinese Sinopharm vaccines against Covid-19 to teachers and school staff across the country, with an aim to re-open schools as soon as possible.
Minister of Education G.L. Peiris, who was present at one of the vaccination centres in Colombo on Monday along with Army Commander Shavendra Silva, said they hoped to complete vaccinating teachers, principals, and non-academic employees within a week, reports Xinhua news agency.
Accordingly, arrangements have been made to vaccinate all school employees of 10,155 schools in the country under this program, Peiris said.
The Minister added that this program had been launched directly under the directives of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, following which discussions were held with all the provincial governors, chief secretaries, provincial directors of education, and the health division.
Peiris said continuing to keep schools closed in this manner due to the pandemic was not possible and expressed confidence that this vaccination program would be completed soon.
Health authorities said that following the arrival of a batch of Sinopharm vaccine on Sunday morning, doses had been distributed to the respective districts to begin vaccinating teachers.
According to official statistics from the Health Ministry, nearly 3 million people in Sri Lanka, above the age of 30 years, have received the Sinopharm vaccines to date.
Out of the nearly 3 million people jabbed, over 1 million have received their second injections as well, Health Ministry statistics showed.
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