Vaccination program for students between 16-19 underway

Vaccination program for students between 16-19 underway

Vaccination program for students between 16-19 underway

Written by Amani Nilar

23 Oct, 2021 | 12:03 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Ministry of Health has taken measures to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at hospitals for school children who could not obtain the relevant vaccine at schools.

Accordingly, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is being administered at schools, to students in the age group of 16 to 19, under the country’s vaccination drive.

Deputy Director-General of Health Services, Dr. G. Wijesuriya said students can also obtain the vaccine by visiting hospitals during the weekend if they were unable to obtain the jab at school premises.

He emphasized that the inoculation of school children is important to resume academic activities in a safe manner.

Commenting on the vaccination drive targeting children with congenital disorders, Dr. Wijesuriya said around 20,000 children with complications have already been vaccinated.

He urged parents to ensure that children with congenital disorders are inoculated to ensure their safety in the event of another COVID-19 wave.

Meanwhile, commenting on the vaccination drive targeting O/L and A/L students, Additional Education Secretary, L.M.D. Dharmasena emphasized that the parental consent is compulsory when administering the jab to children aged below 18-years and urged students carry the relevant form when visiting the vaccination center.

The COVID-19 vaccination drive targeting school students is being conducted with the coordination of the Provincial Directors of Health Services and the Provincial Directors of Education.

Addressing a media briefing held yesterday, Additional Education Secretary, L.M.D. Dharmasena noted that parents and students could obtain information regarding vaccination centers through the MOH office, School Principals and the Zonal Education Offices.

The relevant information is also available on the Education Ministry website.

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