Sri Lanka begins vaccination of senior school students

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Sri Lankan health authorities has begun administering the COVID-19 vaccines on school students between the ages of 18 and 19 with the Pfizer doses.

This is amid a large-scale vaccination programme ongoing in the country since January.

Health officials said the vaccines were administered to the students in three educational zones in capital Colombo and vaccination centres received a satisfactory response as youngsters walked in with their identification cards.

The vaccination programme would continue over the weekend and health officials encouraged all students in the targeted age group to take the jabs.

Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry said it began administering the vaccines on the 18 and 19-year age groups as the Education Ministry prepared to re-open schools.

The resumption was coming after months of closure due to the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country’s Education Ministry said last week that students of grades one to five in schools with a student population of 200 or fewer may soon be able to go back by the end of October.

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