Eager to get the AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine: Nasheed

Parliament Speaker and former President, Mohamed Nasheed - People's Majlis

Male’, Maldives – Former President and current Speaker of the Parliament of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed states that he is eager inoculated with the AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine brought to Maldives as a free aid from India.

Nasheed tweeted to state that he is very interested to get the Covid-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca’s Covishield, Maldives recently received from India.

I wish to get the vaccine as quickly as possible, so I won’t be infecting any other individual along with protecting myself and everyone else from this virus.

Speaker Mohamed Nasheed

Maldives received its first Covid-19 vaccine shipment on 20 January 2021. The first shipment consisted of 100,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine which is expected to be administered to 50,000 individuals – health workers and front liners are given priority, followed by individuals above the age of 50.

After this, individuals between the age of 18-50 who fall in the high risk category will also be receiving the shot. Next in line to receive the shot would be teachers, police and tourism industry personnel.

The HEOC has not included pregnant women and children in the priority list. This is because, the trials for these categories have not been completed yet.

Although HEOC has not yet informed as to when the country will begin the inoculation programs, they notified that the vaccine will only be administered to the residents of the country after getting approved by the Food and Drug Authority of the Maldives, following thorough investigations into the safety of the jab.

The Covishield vaccine brought to Maldives consists of two separate doses of 0.5 ml each. The second dose should be administered four to six weeks after the first. A person who has had a severe allergic reaction to the first dose of the vaccine, should not be administered the second.

Covishield, unlike many other Covid-19 vaccines, does not have extremely cold storage requirements, which makes the jab ideal for a tropical island nation like the Maldives. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is more affordable and portable when compared to more expensive alternatives, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.