The Chief of the Presidential Task Force for National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccine, Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga says attention has been directed to administering vaccinations against COVID-19 to students aged between 12-18 years.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Presidential Media Center opposite the President’s House in Fort, Weeratunga said special attention has been directed to the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
He added vaccination of all those 30 years and above is expected to be completed by the 15th of September.
Weeratunga said plans are in place to vaccinate individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 adding plans will be implemented following recommendations by the World Health Organization.
When questioned by media on whether a decision has been reached to introduce a new legal framework pertaining to making COVID-vaccines mandatory, Weeratunga said a decision in this regard is expected to be reached at the committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow.
He said there are currently no laws pertaining to the matter.
Weeratunga said other countries are practicing these laws adding individuals who have not obtained the vaccine will be banned from entering theatres, supermarkets, public transport and even from entering the country.
He added these would be implemented as regulations.
Furthermore, Weeratunga said a census will be conducted in the country through Grama Niladhari officers within the next one and a half months adding this will reveal information of individuals who have already been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated yet.
He said the census will be conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics.
The Chief of the Presidential Task Force said only two to three people walk in to the vaccination centre operated by Sri Lanka Army adding however that current statistics could be incorrect as a majority in the Colombo District have already been vaccinated.