Vaccination for people over 60 commences in Addu

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

Addu City, Maldives – Addu Emergency Operation Centre (AEOC) has revealed that vaccination for Addu residents over the age of 60 commences.

The vaccination started today at 10:00 and will continue until 16:00, at Nooraanee School and Addu High School in Hithadhoo, and in locations arranged by the Health Centres in the other districts.

AEOC disclosed that, with their immunization efforts yesterday, 278 individuals received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine Covishield gifted by India.

They added that, 176 people from Hithadhoo, 33 people from Hulhudhoo-Meedhoo, 33 from Feydhoo and 36 individuals Maradhoo received the vaccine. With this, more than 1,300 people have received the jab in Addu City.

AEOC has stated that all medical workers in Addu have received the vaccine, and according to Health Protection Agency (HPA) guidelines, individuals above the age of 60 are to be prioritized for vaccination next.

Vaccination numbers for the entire country have been revealed by the HPA to be 5,204 people yesterday, raising the sum of those vaccinated in the Maldives to 43,817. Out of this, 3,967 doses were administered in the Malé area while 1,237 doses were administered in the atolls.

With the most recent announcement from the HPA confirming 125 new cases , Maldives now has a total 2,328 active cases, summing up the confirmed positive cases to date to a total of 17,953.

With the Covid-19 cases increasing in the city, Addu city has been placed under monitoring status.