The Government Medical Officers’ Association says it opposes vesting complete authority of administering the Pfizer vaccine with the Sri Lanka Army. Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo today, the Assistant Secretary of the Association Dr. Naveen de Zoysa said there are concerns over the basis under which such a decision was reached.
Dr. de Zoysa questioned whether the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health notified if it will be more productive for the military to administer the vaccine or whether the efficacy of the vaccine will increase if administered by the military. The Assistant Secretary said there are claims that Medical Officers of Health made mistakes when administering vaccines.
He added allegations were levelled at military officials during the war, allegations against the Police over drug busts and allegations against those involved in the school enrolment process. He questioned whether the entire technical process is disrupted over such allegations adding, while disciplinary action is being taken against those responsible, the process must continue with technical teams.
Furthermore, Dr. de Zoysa said the public and health staff are facing serious issues due to statements made to the media by certain groups of the government in a background where adequate vaccine doses have not been issued to the offices of Medical Officers of Health and hospitals. He said the public are lining up from 3am in order to obtain vaccines due to claims made by individuals stating vaccines can be obtained from any of the vaccination centres.
Dr. de Zoysa requested these individuals to refrain from making statements if they have no knowledge of how vaccines are distributed.