The Sri Lankan health authorities on Wednesday began administering the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on health and frontline workers, 90 days after they received the first dose, the government said.
State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals, Channa Jayasumana told reporters that administering the second dose to healthcare workers commenced from the Divisional Hospital in Maligawatte, in capital Colombo.
Sri Lanka began vaccinating its citizens in the Western Province on Jan. 29 but suspended it earlier this month due to a lack of vaccines.
According to official figures, 925,242 people have been vaccinated and will now receive the second dose after completing their 16-week period.
The Sri Lankan authorities are in talks with other countries manufacturing the AstraZeneca vaccine in order to complete the second rounds.