The government believes it can fully vaccinate all Sri Lankan adults against COVID-19 within the next couple of months.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet media briefing in Colombo today, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said by September, 3.2 million doses of the vaccine will arrive in the country which is sufficient to vaccinate all Sri Lankan adults.
Minister Rambukwella said the vaccination drive is on-going in a successful manner at present.
The Minister said all recognised COVID vaccines other than Johnson & Johnson are available in Sri Lanka at present.
He said therefore based on the requirement authorities are vaccinating the general public.
Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said since certain countries demand a particular kind of vaccine, the government is retaining some stocks to meet the demand.
The Minister said they are in the process of vaccinating nearly 7,000 people who are hoping to leave for overseas shortly.
He said such persons are given the vaccine doses which are recognised in countries that they are hoping to work.
Minister Keheliya Rambukwella also stated that students can receive the vaccine of their choice by producing a University offer letter.
He added businessmen and others who are hoping to leave for special requirements will also be able to receive the vaccine doses which are recognised in specific countries.
Minister Rambukwella said the government is taking all measures to vaccinate the entire population and provide adequate protection against COVID-19.