The government started vaccination against Covid 19 pandemic with Sputnik v yesterday(30) and vaccinated individuals in the Kandy District have signed a letter of consent by agreeing to a statement stating that they would like to receive at least one dose of the Sputnik V vaccine.
The program started yesterday (30) in Kundasale, Kandy, and it is reported that nearly a thousand people have been vaccinated with the agreement to receive only the first dose.
Following the news that there was a risk of taking the second dose, the vaccine was started the day before yesterday with a rubber stamp saying “I would like to take at least one dose of the Sputnik V vaccine”.
Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella had earlier stated that 50,000 vaccines would be given in the Kandy district.
According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, two doses should be given to ensure the success of the immunization against the covid vaccine. However, it is reported that the Ministry of Health has instructed to take appropriate action as the second dose of the vaccine is doubtful. A health official told Lankasara that the decision was taken on the advice and that it was not known on what scientific basis only one dose would be given if the two doses could not be managed.
He added that he did not know if there was a plan to not give the second dose to the people of the district.
Previously, health experts around the world pointed out that there was a risk of developing mutated Covid strains due to a single dose, and that this was suspected to have happened in Brazil and Great Britain.