Five million Lankans fully vaccinated

Around 43% of those over 30 had received at least one dose of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said yesterday.

General Silva said Sri Lanka had obtained 19.7 million doses of vaccines. Five million Lankans had received both doses.

General Silva that he was concerned about those who were not coming forth to be vaccinated and, therefore, the Army had launched mobile vaccination units.

“Through them we visit the houses of those over 60 and those with serious health issues and complications. The mobile fleet has already vaccinated people in Gampaha and Kalutara districts,” Gen. Silva said.

The Task Force of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak’s (NOCPCO) priority was to reduce the number of deaths in the country, he said.

“The second is to reduce its spread, the third is the management of hospitals and the fourth is the economy,” he said.

General Silva said that the management issues in hospitals were one of the main reasons for overcrowding. If the capacity of a hospital exceeded, the rest must be transferred to another as per directions of the President about the Patient Management System.

“When we looked at those who have died, we found that most of the dead had not taken even a single dose of the vaccine. We had 160 deaths on 13 August and all of them had not taken any vaccine,” the Army Commander added.

He said that health officials were doing 19,000 PCR tests and 25,000 plus rapid antigen tests every day. However, according to the Institute of Health Policy on 17 August 22,290 PCR tests and 6,526 Rapid Antigen Tests were done. (RK)

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