Vaccination to begin for undocumented workers in the Maldives

Expatriates wait for a chance at registration at the National Football Stadium in capital city Male' | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives — The Maldivian Red Crescent has informed that preparations are ongoing to vaccinate the undocumented workers who are living in Maldives.

The registration for the undocumented workers will begin tomorrow, through the Red Crescent Beneficiary System. Undocumented foreign workers will receive the Covid-19 vaccine free of cost, same as the rest of the Maldives population.

While speaking at the Health Emergency Operation Center’s press conference that was held last night, the Secretary General of Red Crescent, Fathimath Himya stated that the expatriates who are in Maldives in accordance to the regulations (documented workers) can get the Covid-19 vaccine by registering at the vaccination portal,

However, she noted that the undocumented workers who are living in Maldives illegally will not be able to register at the vaccination portal provided by the government and will instead have to register at the Red Crescent Beneficiary System to get vaccinated in Maldives.

Himya detailed that for the undocumented workers to get registered, they will have to call the Migrant Support Centre of the Male’ sector of Red Crescent. She noted that while the registration for the undocumented workers will begin tomorrow, the center expects to register up to 250 people daily.

As soon as the registration for the undocumented workers are done, Himya informed that the expatriates will be vaccination free of cost in the Maldives.

Maldives began vaccination on February 1st with the program currently ongoing in various parts of the country, which include six vaccination centers in Malé, and four within the atolls. Till date, the country has vaccinated a total of 31,322 people in the greater Mal’ area and 7,170 people from the atolls of Maldives.

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 via a donor Health Protection Agency has not yet named.