Resort employees deserve to be prioritized in vaccination: MP Hassan

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The MP of Inguraidhoo, Hassan Mohamed. | Photo: Shuaib Mohamed Iqbal.

Malé, Maldives— MP of Inguraidhoo, Hassan Mohamed has stated that resort employees in the Maldives deserves to be in the priority list for Covid-19 vaccine.

Hassan stated today that the employees working in resorts are the “frontliners” of the economy and Covid-19, which is why, he said that similarly as how the airport employees are being prioritized to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, even the resort employees deserve to receive the vaccine from the first batch which Maldives is set to receive.

According to the spokesperson of Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC), Dr. Nazla Rafeeg, the agreement presented by “COVAX” (the group created to bring a Covid-19 vaccine to Maldives) to provide enough vaccine for 20% of the Maldivian population has been accepted bringing hope to the Maldivian citizens.

Although the type of vaccine to be brought to Maldives has not been decided yet, Dr. Nazla informed that they are working on bringing the vaccine as soon as possible. However, she mentioned that the team is hoping to start the Covid-19 vaccination program during the first quarter of 2021.

While 17% of the Covid-19 vaccine the country will receive through COVAX is planned to be given to the redidents above the age of 50 and the Covid-19 patients who are at high risk, the remaining 3% of the Covid-19 vaccines will be given to the people who are indirectly and directly treating the infected patients and to those who are treating the patients at high risk.

HEOC informed that in addition to these people, they will also be focusing on giving the vaccine to frontliners, disabled people, care workers at children’s care centers and nursing homes.

Luckily, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared that all the residents in Maldives will receive the Covid-19 vaccine for free and that no payments are required to get the vaccine.