Employees of ‘Home for People with Special Needs’ vaccinated

Employees of Home for Special Needs people getting vaccinated. | Photo: Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services.

Kaafu Atoll, Maldives — The employees of the Home for People with Special Needs in Guraidhoo of Kaafu Atoll has been administered the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services of Maldives tweeted to inform that they have begun vaccinating the employees who work at the Home for Special Needs people in Guraidhoo.

While the vaccination program, Covid-19 Dhifaau began on February 1st, till date, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that 20,161 people have received the Covid-19 vaccine in the Maldives via the Covid-19 Dhifaau campaign.

HPA revealing the details of the progress of the campaign, stated that a total of 3,910 people were vaccinated yesterday, raising the sum of those vaccinated in the country to 20,161. Out of this, 3,285 doses were administered in the Malé area while 625 doses were administered in the remaining 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.

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.