Addu City, Maldives – Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH) has announced that more than 10,000 individuals living in the city have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, as of Sunday.
In a tweet sent out by the hospital, it was revealed that with the 368 individuals who received their first jab on Sunday, the total vaccinated count in the city has risen to 10,032.
While this accounts to roughly one third of the entire population of the city, the Maldives as whole is also taking the challenge of vaccinating the entire country, head on and at a fast pace, making its way among the countries with the highest Covid-19 vaccination percentage.
As of today, Maldives has vaccinated a total of 151,643 individuals, of which, 62,550 are from the atolls. Despite the geographical dispersement and the transportation challenges, the nation wide Covid-19 vaccination campaign dubbed as ‘Covid-19 Dhifaau’ has proven to be remarkably successful.
As of the now, the country is only administering the Covishield vaccine, which is the AstraZeneca vaccine mass produced under the name Covishied, by the Serum Institute of India.
However, the country has received other brands of the vaccine as well, which are currently in the process of being approved, as per the authorities. Among the received vaccines include the Chinese made Sinopharm vaccine, as well as the vaccine shipment of 12,000 doses which arrived via the COVAX facility, of which details are yet to be revealed.
Despite this, the country has secured enough Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate the entire population, and on its way to become one of the first countries to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The government of Maldives aims to achieve this goal within the upcoming five months.