Hospitals start information collection for Covid-19 vaccine roll out

Health Professionals at Hulhumale Covid-19 facility. | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives – Health care facilities have started collecting informations of patients, in order to determine the amount of vaccines required by the country.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO) policies under the COVAX facility which ensures that high risk individuals receive the vaccine, Health Protection Agency (HPA), in cooperation with health centers and hospitals of the country, has started the process of information collection

Currently, authorities are identifying individuals with conditions such as diabetes, cancer, thalassemia, issues of the kidneys, lungs and cardio, along with those who may have compromised immune systems or have suffered strokes, between the ages of 18-50 as well as those above 50.

According to HPA, 20 percent of the country’s population is expected to receive the vaccines, of which, the first would be those working in the frontline, such as health care workers and others in the medical field who would be classified in the front line category.

While there are currently multiple vaccines in the run to become the first ever fully licensed Covid-19 vaccine, none have been successful so far, although many are likely to achieve the target soon with some have achieved more nearly 95 percent effectiveness.

Although the island nation has confirmed over 12,000 cases in the country, there are currently only 1,119 active cases in the country at present. Out of the confirmed cases, 46 people have passed away from the virus, of which the majority were of elderly individuals.