HPA to open first dose vaccinations in Malé again

Covid-19 vaccination starts at Tree Top Hospital, Hulhumalé | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency has informed that they will start vaccinating people who did not receive the first dose in the first round of vaccination.

HPA informed that they will be making an announcement of a confirmed date to the public.

Although Maldives is administering the Covishield vaccine mass produced by the Serum Institute of India, the country discontinued administering the first dose of the vaccine on March 15 due to preparations in progress to start inoculating for the second dose in April 2021.

While HEOC previously stated that first dose administration would cease on 15 March 2021 to to prepare for the second dose of Covishield, first dose vaccination is currently open for individuals falling under the following categories:

  • High risk individuals ( Senior citizens and individuals with long term illnesses) 
  • Individuals positive for Covid-19 and are currently in isolation
  • Direct contacts currently in quarantine
  • Individuals travelling from abroad and currently in quarantine
  • Individuals who had to delay their first dose due to an illness or health condition

Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) is also administering the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine in special circumstances, including emergency situations and for travelers who received the first dose and will not be able to return for the second dose within eight weeks due to traveling reasons.

The number of individuals who have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Maldives has reached 218,046. While 449 people got their first jab from vaccination locations in the atolls yesterday, there were no vaccinations in Greater Malé Area.