Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella says he expects the program to vaccinate children against COVID-19 will be completed by the end of October.
The vaccination of children between the ages of 12 and 19 years officially commenced today at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children in Colombo.
The Ministry of Health said children were also vaccinated at Anuradhapura and Kurunagela hospitals today.
Children are vaccinated under the supervision of specialist doctors at selected main hospitals.
Accordingly, children between the ages of 12 and 19 with inherent and chronic illnesses are being vaccinated first.
The Ministry has identified nearly 35,000 children with various health complications who will receive the Pfizer vaccine doses under the first stage.
The Health Ministry said steps have been taken to vaccinate children at several other hospitals in Colombo from Monday.