The Government is pondering certain actions to be taken against unvaccinated people in the future, to ensure the safety of those who have been administered the jabs.
Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told a news briefing held at the Health Ministry yesterday that certain European countries had already introduced coercive measures against unvaccinated people like restricting entry to public places.
“Everyone has the right to take decisions on his or her own life. However, we cannot let anyone put someone in danger by not taking the COVID vaccine,” the Minister said.
“Therefore, we may be compelled to implement certain actions against unvaccinated people in future,” he added.
The Government earlier decided to make vaccination cards mandatory from September 15, 2021.
Accordingly, it was announced that people over 30 years of age should carry their vaccination cards when visiting public places from September 15.
However, the move was not implemented as the government could not complete the vaccination drive as expected due to the delay in receiveing adequate vaccines.