Chairman of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation of Sri Lanka Dr. Prasanna Gunasena says it has been revealed that nearly 40,000 persons over the age of 60 in Colombo have refrained from obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Prasanna Gunasena said the group had refrained from taking the vaccine due to myths and various claims made on social media.
Speaking during a media briefing Dr. Gunasena noted a majority of persons had refrained from obtaining vaccines due to claims regarding one vaccine being better than the other, including for overseas travel.
Dr. Gunasena said another myth was that people with illnesses shouldn’t obtain the vaccine, adding however that individuals with illnesses must obtain the vaccine, to avoid becoming critically ill and being hospitalized.
He stated all available vaccines are effective, adding that certain vaccines may prevent minor symptoms such as cough and fever better than other vaccines.
He added however in order to prevent COVID-related fatalities to a great extent, people must obtain any available vaccine without delay.
Dr. Prasanna Gunasena further said experts have informed that breastfeeding mothers and expectant women should be vaccinated, adding that expectant women are at a higher risk of complications including blood clots and breathing difficulties, if they contract COVID-19.
He noted therefore expectant women will be prioritised during the vaccination drive and won’t have to stand in a queue. He also claimed that it is concerning how people are congregating at various sites without fear.
Dr. Gunasena said if an individual who is infected with the virus exerts themselves, symptoms will rapidly progress to a critical state. He added a sudden drop in oxygen levels could be fatal.