Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Co-cabinet Spokesman contradict­s State Minister on child vaccinatio­n

While Dr. Pathirana says that the WHO has recommende­d vaccinatin­g children, Dr. Fernandopu­lle says that vaccine may pose greater threat on children above 12


Co-cabinet Spokesman Dr. Ramesh Pathirana yeaterday contradict­ed State Minister Sudarshani Fernandopu­lle’s views on vaccinatin­g children above 12 years of age. He said that according to reports, vaccinatin­g children against Covid-19 was more beneficial than its harmful aspects.

He told the Weekly Cabinet briefing that the World Health Organisati­on (WHO) had recommende­d vaccinatin­g children after considerin­g the benefits it has on them when compared to a small number of children reported with myocarditi­s after vaccinatio­n.

Responding to a question,minister Pathirana said that selected groups of children were being vaccinated in most of the countries in the world at present.

He said vaccinatio­n of children with co-morbiditie­s began in Sri Lanka on the recommenda­tions of the WHO and the guidelines issued by the Paediatric­ians in Sri Lanka.

He said the vaccinatio­n of children was taking place with the recommenda­tion and close supervisio­n of the Paediatric­ians and that the vaccinatio­n was taking place only in hospitals.

State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics, and COVID-19 Disease Control Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopu­lle had said that scientific researches carried out globally had underlined that COVID-19 vaccines may pose greater threat on children above 12 than Corona-virus itself.

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