The current vaccination program in Sri Lanka does not meet the expectations of controlling the spread of COVID-19, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said.
Issuing a statement in this regard, the GMOA said the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended at least 70% of a country’s population must be vaccinated in order to control the spread of the coronavirus.
However, since the primary objective of the vaccination program in SL is vaccinating all citizens over the age of 30, less than 70% of the country is vaccinated. The percentage of the population over the age of 30 in the country is only 51.6%.
The GMOA said vaccinating 70% of Sri Lanka’s population will take a long time to achieve as approximately 30 million doses are needed to vaccinate 15 million people.
The following is the order of priority proposed by the GMOA to control the situation:
1. Vaccination of health and front line personnel and their high risk associates.
2. Vaccination of all citizens over 60 years of age (75% of COVID-19 deaths are reported from this age range).
3. Vaccination of persons suffering from non-communicable diseases between the ages of 18- 60 years.
4. Vaccination of pregnant mothers.
5. Vaccination of those engaged in essential services.
6. Vaccination of factory workers and teachers.