The Government Medical Officers’ Association says nearly 300,000 individuals over the age of 60 years have not received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine thus far.
Secretary of the GMOA Dr. Senal Fernando said they uncovered the information unofficially through their regional branch networks.
Dr. Fernando said the GMOA made a special request from the Minister of Health to promptly take steps to inoculate the individuals who are over 60 years and who have not received at least one dose of the vaccine.
He said if not the number of deaths could continue to increase in the country.
The GMOA Secretary said in order to reduce the number of deaths, authorities must identify high-risk groups through Medical Offices of Health and administer the vaccine doses.
He said it could help reduce the number of coronavirus related deaths in the country at least by October.
Meanwhile, the GMOA has made a special request from the President to set aside and administer the 400,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be received by Sri Lanka in the near future to school-going children between the ages of 12 and 16.
Dr. Senal Fernando said the request was made when the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 convened yesterday.
He said the matter was taken up by the GMOA President.
Dr. Senal Fernando noted a technical assessment pertaining to the matter was made by the GMOA and all related documents will be directed to the Director General of Health Services.
The GMOA Secretary said health authorities must assess the technical documents and prioritise the group that should be given the Pfizer vaccine doses.
He opined that the Pfizer vaccine doses to be received by Sri Lanka must be administered to school-going children.