Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi claims Sri Lanka has become the country with the fastest vaccination rate against COVID-19.
Issuing a statement, Minister Wanniarachchi said 515,830 vaccine doses were administered yesterday, the most in a single day since January.
The Health Minister attributed the success of the vaccination drive to the work carried out by health sector workers and the Tri-Forces personnel.
Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said when analysing recent COVID-19 related deaths occurred in Sri Lanka, only 3 percent of the fatalities were among those who received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
She added even among those deaths, a majority had serious underlying health conditions.
Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi noted that 60 percent of the deaths were among people who had not received even a single dose of a vaccine.
She said therefore all person above the age of 60 years must obtain the vaccine.
The Health Minister said the request has been made since they want to protect the lives of the senior citizens and all Sri Lankans.