Director of the Family Health Bureau Dr. Chithramalee De Silva says it has been revealed that individuals who were administered the AstraZeneca vaccine can be administered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
However, Dr. De Silva said as mixing vaccines does not take place in Sri Lanka, it is recommended to obtain the second dose in the same brand as the first dose.
Speaking at a media briefing today, Dr. De Silva said while mix and match of vaccines is widely discussed, data available on vaccines is limited as the vaccines in itself are relatively new.
She noted that research has not been conducted to determine if an individual fully vaccinated with a Sinopharm dose can obtain a Pfizer jab.
Dr. De Silva added there are no super vaccines available to treat the coronavirus.
She claimed crossing districts to obtain a particular type of vaccine or an individual who was administered one type of vaccine being administered a second type is not recommended by the government under any circumstance.
Meanwhile, the Director of the Family Health Bureau added a COVID-19 positive mother breastfeeding her newborn will not result in the infant contracting the virus.
She stated the mother and child are monitored during the course of one year to determine if any complications arise.
Dr. De Silva said only three instances of newborns contracting the virus from the mother have thus far been reported.
She also stated that continuing to breastfeed infants has been recommended by UNICEF as the virus does not transmit through breastfeeding.
Dr. De Silva also stated that more than 100,000 expectant women have been administered COVID-19 vaccines while the expectant women nor their unborn children have suffered side effects.
She claimed a separate vaccination programme was carried out for expectant women as it was not safe for them to mingle among crowds in order to get vaccinated.
The Director of the Bureau said a database of expectant women who have been vaccinated is being maintained adding that thus far they have not received reports of any complications to them or their infants.