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COVID jab for 16-17 age group begins today

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The vaccination of children between 16 and 17 years will commence countrywide from today onwards (22). Health Services Director-General Dr.Asela Gunawardena said the Principals, Zonal Directors of Education and the District Health Services Directors will decide on age groups that will be vaccinated first.

The pilot project to administer the Pfizer vaccine to students of the 18 to 19 year age group commenced last week in the Colombo District. The government has decided to provide students in the age group 18 to19 with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at schools from tomorrow onwards. Students have been instructed to participate in the vaccination programme with their identity cards.

The Health Ministry issued a set of guidelines on the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for the 18 to 19 year age group.

According to the guidelines, the vaccination for the 18-19 year age group will be implemented throughout the country as a school-based programme and the school authorities will direct the students who are sitting for the A/L exam for the first and the second attempts for the vaccination.

Accordingly. any student born between October 16, 2001 to October 15, 2003 is eligible to get the vaccine.

All MOH offices have been advised to carry out the vaccination campaign as a school-based programme and also the Central Clinic of the MOH and base hospitals will function only on Saturdays to vaccinate students who miss the school-based vaccination.

Dr.Gunawardane said a time limit for vaccination has not yet been decided and it will be decided after discussions with the relevant Medical Officers of Health and Principals.

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