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Programme starts from Lady Ridgeway Hospital:

Pfizer jabs for children with co-morbidities

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa attended the vaccination programme at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo.
Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa attended the vaccination programme at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo.

The administering of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for children with co-morbidities in the 12-19 years age group commenced yesterday.

The Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Colombo has requested parents to register their children between 12 and 19 years suffering from disabilities or chronic illnesses to schedule a date and time for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Thereafter, vaccines will be rolled out in the Western Province on Monday and in all base hospitals across the country.

The registration for Pfizer is only open for children between 12 and 19 years and with specific co-morbidities. Parents need to bring all the medical records of the child. They will be assessed by a consultant paediatrician before deciding whether the vaccine would be given or not. Therefore, registering for the vaccination does not guarantee that the vaccine will be given.

Specialist doctors urged parents and adults not to be deceived by myths and superstitions and wanted all children to get vaccinated against COVID.

The vaccination programme is carried out with the recommendations of the expert committees. The specialists point out that successful results can be achieved through precise understanding and interest without undue fear.

Pediatric Neuro Physician Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya advised parents to take the children who are suffering from chronic diseases including diabetes, neurological diseases, kidney disease, heart disease, thalassemia and diseases of the urinary tract and oesophagus for vaccination. Dr. Padeniya said that they plan to administer the vaccine with the permission of the parents as well as with the recommendation of the relevant specialist doctor when they visit the clinics where they are being treated.

Pediatricians stated that all plans required for the vaccination of children in all provincial, district and base hospitals in the coming days have been prepared in accordance with the recommendations of the specialists.

It has been decided to vaccinate children under three age groups. Accordingly, the initial vaccination is given to children with congenital diseases between the ages of 12 and 19 years. The doctors said that the vaccination of healthy children in the age group of 15-19 years will begin in the future and that vaccines to children in the age group 12-15 years will be given as soon as the recommendations of the specialists are received.

It was revealed that the Experts Committee has given the approval to administer the vaccine only in hospitals, and to administer only the Pfizer vaccine to children.

Doctors point out that the spread of myths faster than the virus is a serious matter and said that the doctors as well as the media should act responsibly since vaccinating children is a sensitive issue in our society.

Countries such as United States, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and the United Kingdom have already vaccinated children in these age groups. North Western Province Health Services Director Dr. Sampath Indika Kumara requested parents to get the children vaccinated without any fear or suspicion as Sri Lanka has special experience in vaccination with the most advanced healthcare system in South Asia.

(Pictures by Sulochana Gamage)


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