The Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka has requested the authorities to make special arrangements to administer vaccines to students who are hoping to pursue higher education in a foreign country and to those who are hoping to travel overseas for special reasons.
Chairman of the Union Upul Rohana said such individuals should be given the vaccine doses that are accepted in countries they are hoping to travel to.
Upul Rohana said a large number of people are arriving at vaccination centres at present, requesting for specific vaccine doses.
He said they have not received any written permission or vaccine stocks to administer jabs to those wanting to study abroad, leaving the country for special reasons or to those suffering from serious illnesses.
The PHI Union Chairman noted they receive a specific number of vaccine doses to a vaccination point to be administered usually to area residents.
He said therefore the public should not demand or attempt to influence PHIs or ground level workers at vaccination centres.
Upul Rohana said considering the demand, authorities must take steps to allocate and administer vaccines based on the requirement for specific groups of people who are hoping to visit other countries which recognise only a few vaccine types.
The PHI Union Chairman also requested to assign at least one major hospital in every district to vaccinate those who are suffering from serious illnesses.