Specialist doctors have urged parents and adults to refrain from falling prey to various myths and superstitions and to ensure children are vaccinated.
They claim, vaccinations are carried out on the recommendations of expert committees in order to achieve successful results, and called for a right understanding and interest to be maintained without undue fear.
The specialist made this request at a media briefing held at the Presidential Media Centre today pertaining to the vaccination of children.
The programme to administer COVID-vaccines to children over 12 years of age with inherent illnesses and disabilities will commence at the Lady Ridgeway Children ‘s Hospital, Colombo, tomorrow.
Paediatrician Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya speaking to media requested that children suffering from chronic diseases including diabetes, neurological diseases, kidney diseases, heart conditions, thalassemia, urinary tract illnesses and oesophagus should be referred for vaccinations.
It was also stated that in the day’s ahead plans will be made for the vaccination of children at all provincial, district and base hospitals in accordance with recommendations of specialists.
Dr. Padeniya said after children are vaccinated, a medical team will monitor the child for any complications under the supervision of specialist doctors while a hotline will be introduced in order to seek advice in the event of any complications when at home.
The government has planned to vaccinate healthy children between the ages of 15 and 19 in future while children between the ages of 12 and 15 will be vaccinated following specialist recommendations.