The government says it is hopeful of completing the vaccination of all individuals above the age of 30 years in the country, by Sunday.
In a response to a question raised in Parliament this morning, State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana said although they had planned to complete the process earlier due to certain issues it was delayed.
State Minister Jayasumana said due to a spike in coronavirus cases in China, the arrival of certain stocks of Sinopharm vaccine was delayed.
He said therefore certain Grama Niladhari divisions did not receive the required number of Sinopharm vaccine doses.
The State Minister said however following the arrival of four million doses, last week, necessary vaccine doses have been directed to all Grama Niladhari divisions.
He added Regional Health Directors were tasked with compiling data on the required number of vaccine doses to each division.
State Minister Jayasumana said since Health Directors were compiling data based on the 2012 census, there was a shortfall of 3,000 to 4,000 doses in some areas.
The State Minister said however all such issues have been resolved and they are looking at completing the vaccination of over 30s by Sunday.