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Recepients of both vaccines free to come to SL after spending two weeks before flying – Army Commander

Those who received both vaccines against COVID-19 and spent two weeks in the countries where they live are free to fly to Sri Lanka and go home after PCR tests, the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said.

One more review meeting with all Task Force members and other stakeholders who are fighting against the transmission of COVID-19, took place yesterday  afternoon (16) at the NOCPCO, co-chaired by its head Gen. Shavendra Silva and Director General of Health Services, Dr. Asela Gunawardena.

Dr. Gunawardena said the number of days one has to spend for quarantining would be amended soon considering possibilities for home-bound quarantine process too. 

Gen. Silva said the approval has been granted to review the current strategy with regards to the quarantine formalities of those who arrive from overseas. 

There will be a change in this quarantine strategy in the coming days and it will be intimated soon,” he said.

The Commander said the Army will provide security to the newly- established quarantine centres run by Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). 

A total of 3,600 expatriates are to be quarantined in those centres, he said.

Also discussed at this meeting that a consignment of seven million Sputnik vaccines from Russia would be brought down to Sri Lanka soon.

The Army chief said the COVID-19 vaccination process is continuing in Colombo and Gampaha districts as planned and the second dose will be inoculated in the second week of April as scheduled.

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