Addu still has sufficient stock of Covid-19 vaccine: Dr. Solih

CEO of Addu Equatorial Hospital Dr. Mohamed Solih | Photo: Addu City Council

Addu City, Maldives – CEO of Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH) Dr. Mohamed Solih has informed that the stock Covid-19 vaccines brought to Addu City have not been depleted completely.

During the press conference held last night by the Addu Emergency Operation Centre (AEOC), Dr. Solih informed that the currently policy provided by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) states that priority should be first given in administering the frontliners and individuals above the age of 65 in Addu City.

Dr. Solih informed that in accordance to this, they are currently working on administering all the individuals above 65+ along with all the staffs of AEH and the staffs of the Health Centers in Addu as well. Dr. Solih noted that although there has been delays, they have sent the Covid-19 vaccine to Hulhumeedhoo for the top priority people in those two islands to be administered as well.

I would not say that the vaccine stock is empty. We have enough vaccine to vaccinate people according to the policy presented by HPA.

Dr. Solih stated.

Maldives began its first Covid-19 vaccination program on February 1st. Since then, till February 9th, the country has vaccinated a total of 16,251. Out of this, 13,418 doses were administered to the citizens in the atolls of Maldives.

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.