Covid-19 Dhifaau: 108 Police officers vaccinated

Malé, Maldives – 108 police officers have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Maldives Police Service.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed that 1003 received their shots yesterday, with 787 in the greater Malé area and 216 in the islands. This adds the total inoculated to 4269 individuals who received their first dose.

Vaccination is currently ongoing in various parts of the country, which include six vaccination centers in Malé, and four within the atolls. The vaccine currently being administered in Maldives is the Covishield vaccine, manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with Oxford University, mass produced by the Serum Institute of India.

Maldives received 100,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine from India, which is currently in use, while additional 700,000 doses procured by the country are to be received within the March. However, the country will receive the vaccine shipment from World Health Organization (WHO), which would be sufficient to vaccinate at least 20 percent of the population of the country, with in the upcoming two weeks.

While China has also decided to donate 100,000 vaccines to the country, Maldives already received 5,000 doses of the Chinese made Sinopharm vaccine.