The government has decided to expedite the administering of booster shots in the country in a bid to minimise the spread of the novel coronavirus during the upcoming festive season.
Accordingly, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed authorities to complete the inoculation of booster jabs to eligible persons within the next two weeks.
President Rajapaksa issued the directives when the COVID-19 Prevention Committee convened this morning at the Presidential Secretariat.
Those who have completed three months after receiving the second dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 are eligible for booster jabs.
The President’s Media Division said all eligible persons will be able to receive the Pfizer booster jabs at any location from tomorrow.
Health authorities had meanwhile indicated that the coronavirus infection rate has risen in recent days and the majority of the new cases are from among people who have not received any of the COVID vaccine doses and from the youth.
The PMD said meanwhile, legal advice has been already obtained to make the vaccination card mandatory for citizens to enter public places.
Meanwhile, permission has been granted to administer the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to children between the ages of 16 and 19 while approval has also been given to administer vaccines to all children between the ages of 12 and 15.
The President has said accordingly health authorities must take necessary steps with the Ministry of Education to complete the inoculation of children in the country.
The Head of State has also directed authorities to further relax regulations imposed on foreign arrivals.