COLOMBO (NewsRadio); The Ministry of Health confirms that all Pfizer vaccine doses that expire today will be disposed in an appropriate manner.
Although the number of vaccine doses available in the country, as quoted by health officials varies between one million and seven million, it is expected that all Pfizer vaccine doses will be destroyed in an appropriate manner.
Speaking to media, Deputy Director-General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath noted that after today, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses will no longer be available in Sri Lanka, until a new batch is imported.
Dr. Herath therefore requested the public to urgently obtain their respective first or second booster doses of the Pfizer jab before the vaccine doses expire.
A number of vaccine centres are still functioning across the country.
According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, 17.13 million people in Sri Lanka have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 14.69 million people have received the second dose.
Meanwhile, 8.18 million people in the country have received the Pfizer booster shot as well.
However, only 199,277 individuals have received the second booster jab, despite repeated calls from health authorities.
According to the last report issued by the Epidemiology Unit, 2,635,554 persons have obtained the Pfizer vaccine as the first booster jab while 1,112,688 individuals have received the Pfizer vaccine as the second booster shot.
Although the number of COVID-19 cases has come down significantly in the country, health officials have not ruled out another surge in infections, especially since several nations are still reporting significant numbers.