Youngsters refuse vaccines in Sri Lanka


As health authorities come under severe pressure due to the lack of interest among youngsters to get the COVID-19 vaccines, medical workers have warned that Sri Lanka’s immunization program will come at risk if youngsters have no confidence in all vaccinations.

A senior medical official told Daily Mirror that youngsters in the 20 to 29 age group had been encouraged to pose their doubts to medical workers but a majority of the questions asked were unimaginable.

An anti-vaxxers movement was also forming in Sri Lanka to show their objections to the COVID-19 vaccines and as a result, many youngsters were falling victim to myths and misconceptions.

Medical officers said that when many of these youth were questioned on the source of their information, they said it was social media, where research has shown that 90 percent of the facts shared on social media were false. “That was clearly the work of anti-viccers. 

The type of questions asked by youth is sometimes very surprising as we cannot believe that these people being so educated have such low literacy,” the senior medical officer said.

“The real problem of this movement is not COVID-19. The real problem we will see in about 5 to 10 years’ time when these youngsters become parents. Then they will have huge issues over childhood vaccinations and this will put Sri Lanka’s entire immunization program at risk. This is a huge problem,” the official added.