Sri Lanka concerned over reports of disorders linked to Covid vaccines

In response to recent global findings suggesting potential rare occurrences of heart, brain, and blood disorders linked to specific Covid-19 vaccines, medical professionals in Sri Lanka are urging health authorities to maintain vigilance over vaccine-related developments.

A study conducted by researchers from the Global Vaccine Data Network, affiliated with the World Health Organization (WHO), has identified Covid vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca as potentially associated with rare occurrences of heart, brain, and blood disorders.

The study encompassed a population of 99 million vaccinated individuals across eight countries, marking it as the largest Covid vaccine study to date.

Dr. Chamil Wijesinghe, Media Spokesman for the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), emphasized the importance of heightened alertness in Sri Lanka following the study’s significant findings. He stressed the need for continued surveillance and observation of any potential side effects associated with Covid vaccines within the local context.

Dr. Wijesinghe, while acknowledging the disparities between the study’s data and Sri Lanka’s context, highlighted the necessity for the Health Ministry to closely monitor the situation and consider conducting a local survey to understand any unique factors.

In response, Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry affirmed that no conclusive studies regarding Covid vaccine side effects have been conducted in the country. 
However, they reiterated their commitment to closely monitoring the situation and responding appropriately to any emerging concerns.

As the global community navigates the complexities of Covid-19 vaccination campaigns, Sri Lankan authorities remain vigilant, prioritizing the health and safety of their population amidst evolving scientific data and recommendations.