The Director-General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena says in the event more than 80% of the population receives the booster vaccine dose, a decision will be taken on lifting the mandatory face mask requirement.
Dr. Gunawardena speaking to media said until such time, the mandatory requirement to wear face masks will continue to remain in place.
He said only 53-54% of the population has thus far received the booster vaccine dose, which is unsatisfactory.
Dr. Gunawardena added the intention of the booster dose is increasing immunity, adding that with a significant number receiving the jab, methods followed in other countries of lifting the face mask regulations can be enforced.
Meanwhile, Dr. Gunawardena said individuals above 20 years of age who have not received a single vaccine dose can receive the Pfizer vaccine at any hospital or Medical Office of Health.
He added in Sri Lanka, fully vaccinated, refers to an individual who has received all three jabs.
Meanwhile, the Director-General said the definition of public places for vaccinated individuals will be gazetted in future.
Accordingly, he said only individuals fully vaccinated will be allowed in public spaces after the 30th of April when the gazette is issued.