The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has declined the invitation to receive the Covid-19 vaccine that was extended to all parliamentarians. JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath addressing an event in Kurunegala said that their MPs will get the vaccines only after the entire public has been completely vaccinated.
"We are not prepared to come only when the vaccine is given to the 225 parliamentarians. First ensure that the public is vaccinated. We can come after that, " Herath said.
The JVP also questioned the preferential treatment meted out to parliamentarians over groups that come into constant contact with the public such as health workers, security forces and teachers who face a bigger threat of contracting Covid-19 than any parliamentarian.