April 16, 2021
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    About 300,000 vaccines have been reserved for the second dose - State Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle

    April 05, 2021

    State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control, Sudarshini Fernandopulle asserted that the vaccination process for those who received the first oxford – AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will commence in April 19 and that about 300,000 oxford – AstraZeneca vaccines have been reserved for this purpose.

    The State Minister said this responding to a question raised at the Parliament today (05).

    State Minister Fernandopulle further added that although it had been stated earlier that the second dose should be taken in 4 weeks, according to the latest research data, it would take 10 to 12 weeks and therefore the remaining stock of vaccines would be available in the meantime.

    Responding to a question regarding the allowance provided by the government for senior citizens, the State Minister said that steps will be taken to provide a monthly allowance of
    Rs.2500 provided by the government for senior citizens. Furthermore, she said that monetary assistance has been requested from the Director-General of the National Budget
    Department and the relevant payments will be made as soon as the money is received.


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