Health unions say if the government has taken a decision to handover the vaccination program to an external party other than the health sector, it is a grave mistake.
The Academy of Health Professionals said the country’s vaccination system has even received international accolades.
Speaking to media, President of the Union Ravi Kumudesh said Sri Lanka has nearly 1,400 primary healthcare centres and clinics, 496 base hospitals, 71 district hospitals and a large number of other main teaching and general hospitals that carry out vaccination.
He said Sri Lanka’s health system has been recognised globally for its services and the vaccination program.
He said however from the outset, the COVID vaccination drive was taken away from those who have been doing it over the years.
Ravi Kumudesh noted that vaccination was carried out at canteens, temples, roadside centres and at parks instead of using health facilities.
He noted that area residents should be able to obtain their vaccine from the nearest health facility and noted that if the program is taken away from the health sector, it will have grave consequences.