Addu will get a “fair share” of the Covid-19 vaccine: Mayor Sodiq

Former Deputy Mayor and Hithadhoo Councilor Mohamed Yasrif and Addu City Mayor Abdulla Sodiq | Photo: Addu City Council

Addu City, Maldives – Mayor of Addu City, Abdulla Sodiq has said that Addu City has sufficient stocks of Covid-19 vaccine and that there is no fear of shortages.

Speaking at Addu Emergency Operations Center (Addu EOC) press conference tonight, Mayor Sodiq told that government would fairly distribute vaccines to everyone in Maldives and that Addu City would not be left out. Mayor stated that Addu City would get their “fair share” of Covid-19 vaccine and that people should not be concerned.

Mayor further added that vaccination has been on a temporary halt due to the the monitoring status on Addu City and that it would be restarted next Saturday. He also added that even though vaccination is ongoing, that people need to be vigilant and abide by the Covid-19 regulations put out by Health Protection Agency (HPA)

Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH) also informed that more than 650 people have been vaccinated in Addu until now. According to AEH, all the staffs working at Addu International Airport would get tested. In addition to this AEH would also carry out random sampling within the hospital and the joined islands during the upcoming weeks.

Covid-19 vaccination began in Addu City on the February 1, 2021 as the Maldives launched the Dhifaau campaign, a nation wide vaccination drive starting off with frontline workers and social care workers, individuals in the high-risk or the elderly.

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.