State officials, families of health staff seek priority in COVID vaccination process
Posted on May 16th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana

A request has been made to prioritize Divisional Secretaries, Divisional Staff Officers, Samurdhi Development Officers, Agriculture Officers, and Grama Niladharis in the country’s COVID-19 vaccination drive.

Speaking to the media in Dambulla today (16) the Minister of Public Services, Provincial Councils, and Local Government Janaka Bandara Tennakoon stated that he had made a written request to the Minister in charge of the subject.

He further says that under the current situation in the country, the aforementioned officers do a great service whilst taking risks.

Meanwhile, the All Ceylon Government Medical Officers’ Association has also written to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi urging her to put an end to all political influence that violates the priorities in administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

General Secretary of the Association, Dr. Jayantha Bandara says that family members – at least those who live in the same house – of all health staff should be considered as risk groups and prioritize in the vaccination process.

He further says that the COVID-19 vaccination program in Sri Lanka has become a highly corrupt operation with various interventions.

Dr. Bandara added that politicians, as well as high officials, are using their powers to vaccinate their relatives and friends outside the priority lists.

One Response to “State officials, families of health staff seek priority in COVID vaccination process”

  1. Nimal Says:

    Our divide and rule policy is putting the innocent majority into danger of getting this virus.I suppose this is part of our balu culture and equally or balu history. Lives prior to the last colonial rule would not have given any chance to the majority who would have been completely neglected. Modi has gone back to his balu history, hope we are not following him.All lives matters all should be vaccinated without allowing queue jumpers of the political kind and others who usually take unfair advantage of our daily lives in the island. Prelates of all sects must be on duty to prevent queue jumpers. Why so long queues, should have been better organized to have many vaccinating centres to stop any bottle necks.

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