The Government Medical Officers’ Association says the number of COVID-19 child deaths and cases has increased significantly as of late.
Member of the GMOA Executive Committee Dr. Prasad Colambage speaking at a media briefing said a request was made from the Minister of Health to administer the Pfizer vaccine to school children between the ages of 12 and 18.
Dr. Colambage said scientific findings in this regard were also submitted to the Minister while a request was made to allocate the four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine that are due to arrive in the island to be administered to children over 12 years of age.
Dr. Colambage also stated members of the specialist vaccination committees are stepping down over various differences in the programme, adding that this should not take place at present.
Dr. Colambage said regardless of Sri Lanka ranking first in vaccinations among other countries, there are major concerns in the vaccination programme.
He noted the ongoing vaccination drive can be improved further.
The GMOA member stated the main objective at present is the reduction in the number of COVID-19 related deaths, and highlighted the importance of vaccinating individuals according to a priority list.
Dr. Colambage said the government should have prioritised individuals above the age of 60 at the inception in order to reduce deaths and complications among senior citizens that is currently being observed.