The Government Medical Officers’ Association says health units are determined to provide maximum safety to children during the vaccination process by implementing a stringent programme.
Speaking during a media briefing, GMOA Executive Member Dr. Prasad Colombage said approval has been granted to administer Pfizer vaccine doses to children while protocols in place in other countries will be followed.
Dr. Colombage noted children with comorbidities between the ages of 15 and 19 years will receive the vaccine first. He said vaccines will be administered at hospitals under the supervision of specialists.
Dr. Prasad Colombage added technical and advisory panels have discussed at length the vaccination of children.
He assured all safety protocols will be followed and requested parents not to have undue fear over the process.
Meanwhile, commenting on the proposed arrival of a stock of Sinovac vaccine doses from China, Dr. Prasad Colombage said preliminary approval for any vaccine is granted by the Technical Committee of the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Colombage said the committee has been given a set of criterions and guidelines to be followed when approving vaccines.
He said the efficacy of the vaccine when used on Sri Lankans is paramount.
Dr. Colombage said all vaccines that are approved and in use in Sri Lanka at present have been proven effective against COVID-19.
He said if a vaccine is beneficial and safe, they have no concerns over the country of manufacture.
Dr. Colombage added if issues arise or if any vaccine does not comply with World Health Organization guidelines, it poses a problematic situation.