Half of Maldives Police Service force vaccinated

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed Seen after getting the first jab of Covishield Covid-19 vaccine | Photo: MC Hameed

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Police Service (MPS) has announced that half of the police force had received the first jab of Covishied Covid-19 vaccine.

According to the statement by Police, 1,676 of their staffs working in the Greater Malé Area had been given the first jab of the vaccine through the Police Medical team. Police also revealed that non of the police officers had refused to get vaccinated resulting in action being taken against anyone.

Police also reassured that the whole force was committed to be vaccinated in order to provide their services in a safe and sound manner for both the force and the general public.

In the latest statistics published by the authority, a total of 90,865 individuals were recorded to have gotten the first jab, which includes 64,900 in the capital, Malé area, while the remaining 25,965 were from the rest of the country.

The total figure comes with a more than 5,000 figure increase in comparison to yesterday, with 3,123 individuals having have received the inoculation in Malé and 2,632 individuals having have gotten their shot from the rest of the country during the past 24 hours.

Maldives is currently administering the Covishield vaccine mass produced by the Serum Institute of India, which is essentially the same as the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Although this is the only vaccine approved for use in the Maldives, the country has also received the Chinese made Sinopharm vaccine, which is currently under review.

In total, Maldives has secured more than 1.1 million doses of the vaccine, meaning that the entire population can get vaccinated soon – something which the government of Maldives aims to achieve within the next six months.