Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Samitha Ginige says an individual who contracted the novel coronavirus after receiving two doses of a vaccine, should obtain the booster dose six months after they contracted the virus.
When inquired on how an individual who contracted COVID-19 can receive the booster jab, Dr. Ginige said if the relevant individual contracted the virus after receiving both doses of a vaccine, such persons are advised to obtain the booster dose six months after they contracted the virus.
He noted such individuals will have additional natural immunity after contracting the virus as well, and therefore they will not benefit from receiving the booster dose.
Dr. Ginige noted however they are advised to obtain the booster dose after six months, as natural immunity may not last long.
On a separate note, Dr. Ginige said the Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at -70 degrees for extended periods, adding all vaccine doses brought to the country are being stored at that temperature initially at the Blood Bank and the Epidemiology Unit.
He however said it can be stored at 2-8 degrees for up to a month.
Dr. Ginige stated however if it is stored for over one month, the vaccine doses will have to be disposed.
He noted therefore steps are being taken to regulate temperatures at which vaccines are stored from the date it was released, at both district and national level.