The technical committee on vaccinations has decided administer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to healthy children between the ages of 18 and 19 from Monday.
The technical committee that convened under the patronage of the Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardana yesterday decided to administer the vaccine at offices of the Medical Officer of Health and government hospitals.
Thus far only children with inherent and other chronic illnesses were administered COVID vaccines.
Accordingly, the position of the Government Medical Officers’ Association was sought over the vaccination of healthy children between the ages of 15 and 19, as part of the second phase of vaccinating children.
The GMOA has therefore proposed to administer the Pfizer vaccine to healthy children between the ages of 15 and 19 using the same mechanism followed at present when vaccinating children by the Medical Offices of Health.
GMOA Media Spokesman Dr. Samantha Ananda speaking at a media briefing yesterday said the approval of the infectious diseases committee has also been provided for vaccinations adding that district hospitals and other hospitals can administer the vaccine to those above 15.
Dr. Ananda said necessary medical cover will be provided by paediatricians at each hospital adding that the Epidemiology Unit will provide the necessary supply of vaccines.
Dr. Samantha Ananda added more than 10,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15 with inherent and chronic illnesses have been vaccinated within a week under this programme.
He stated that no complexities have arisen among children and termed the vaccination drive a success.