Over 14,000 tourism industry workers vaccinated in Maldives

A resort industry worker receiving the first dose of Covishield vaccine, manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with Oxford University | Photo: Avas

Male’, Maldives —Maldives has vaccinated over 14,000 of tourism frontline workers against the contagious Covid-19 virus since the vaccination program began for tourism industry workers on February 4th of 2021.

The Health Emergency Operations Center has revealed that since vaccination began for employees of the tourism industry, the country has vaccinated a total of 14,898 people till 25th March 2021. While majority of those who were vaccinated are from the resorts of Maldives, amounting up to 14,147 people, guesthouse workers comes second having vaccinated up to 306 employees from around the country.

The remaining tourism frontliners vaccinated include of 220 people from safaris, 70 people from hotels along with 64 musicians, 24 travel agents and 67 people from the Tourism Ministry frontline workers.

All of these employees have been vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine which is developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and has the same formula as the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

While two doses are required to complete the dosage, the citizens of Maldives has only been vaccinated with the first dose of Covisheild, with 4-12 weeks required between the two shots. The Health Protection Agency announced that the second dose for the Covisheild is expected to begin shortly on the upcoming month.

Maldives began the nation wide vaccination program on 1st February 2021. Since then, a total of 230,130 people have been vaccinated in Maldives by 27th March 2021.