Covid-19: 74% of Maldives Customs employees vaccinated

Customs employees vaccinated for COVID-19 | photo: Maldives Customs

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Customs Service said that 74 percent of their employees have been administered the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Customs said that their employees were administered the Covishield vaccine under the “Covid-19 Dhifaau” campaign run in Maldives to vaccinate the citizens against Covid-19.

Customs stated that so far, their employees working at Velana International Airport, Hulhumalé Customs Office as well as employees working in Regional Customs Offices in different atolls have been administered the first dose of the Covishield vaccine. They added that efforts are underway to vaccinate the remaining staff as well.

In the latest statistics published by the authority, a total of 105,492 individuals were recorded to have gotten the first jab, which includes 72,872 in the capital, Malé area, while the remaining 32,620 were from the rest of the country.

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.