The Government Medical Officers’ Association says parents should take prompt steps to provide children over the age of 12 with a COVID vaccine.
The GMOA said around 70 percent of the country’s population, including children over 12 years of age, must be fully vaccinated against COVID, in order to contain the spread of the virus.
Secretary of the GMOA Dr. Senal Fernando said the GMOA expressed their stance pertaining to vaccinating children six months ago, based on recommendations issued by the World Health Organization and research conducted by the Oxford University and several researches conducted by experts in the United States.
He noted that by vaccinating children the spread of COVID-19 can be prevented adding that over 70 percent of the population must be vaccinated for this purpose.
Meanwhile, commenting on issues that need to be taken into consideration when referring children with various complications for vaccination, Dr. Senal Fernando said the vaccine must be administered at a hospital under the supervision of a doctor.
He noted the inoculation process at schools must be carried out under the supervision of the area Medical Officer of Health.
Dr. Fernando said MOH officers have an understanding and experience in carrying out vaccination programmes at schools. He stated therefore MOH officers are aware of the necessary procedure to be followed.