Mandatory quarantine for travellers remains despite jab

Govt. has no intention to change existing system right now Army Chief warns people to continue exercising caution

Sri Lankans who travel overseas will be required to be quarantined on their return even if they have been vaccinated. Army Commander Shavendra Silva said the authorities have not yet considered amending the quarantine process.

General Silva said as the vaccination process is still in its initial stages the Government has not considered any changes to the existing system.

Last week General Silva warned the public who obtained the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to continue exercising caution and not be over-confident. He noted that some people had begun to go about without taking precautions after obtaining the first jab. He said that taking just the first dose does not give anyone immunity from the coronavirus. Health authorities commenced administering the vaccines to vulnerable groups in Sri Lanka from January. Sri Lanka is also set to receive the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines allocated under the COVAX facility of the World Health Organization tomorrow.(VYSHNAVY VELRAJH)

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