Emerging major clusters is inevitable irrespective of the vast vaccination drive in the country if people act in a manner conducive of spreading the disease, Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath told Daily Mirror yesterday.
He said if people continued to ignore health practices, there is no other result other than getting back to the serious situation the country had a few months ago.
“In the case of vaccines, none of the them help prevent infection but build immunity inside human body and reduce complications and probability of dying from the virus,” he argued.
“Even if a country immunises 100 percent of its population, there could be major outbreaks if people do not adhere to guidelines,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Dr Herath said transmission of the virus can be reduced even sans vaccination if necessary health precautions are taken.
However, while stressing the importance vaccination due to vulnerable people, Dr Herath highlighted that the only way to prevent the spread of the virus is adhering to health practices.
Thus, he reiterated that despite the highest level of vaccination, there would definitely be major outbreaks if people continued to take guidelines for granted. (Sheain Fernandopulle)