Covid-19 Dhifaau: Vaccination commences for prisoners

Inmates working at Malé road development project | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Correctional Service inform that vaccination started on 11 April 2021 for inmates in the prison system.

Maldives Correctional Service detailed that inmates in Malé and Hulhumalé jails in the capital city have received the first jab with the assistance of public health workers at Dhamanaveshi.

We will vaccinate all inmates who give consent.

Maldives Correctional Service Official

Prisoners in Maafushi jail are set to receive the first dose today or tomorrow. While the highest populated prison in the country will be vaccinated in partnership with Maafushi Health Centre, it is unclear when vaccination is scheduled for Asseyri jail in Himmafushi island. The Himmafushi Health Centre will oversee the vaccination.

Maldives launched the campaign to vaccinate the entire eligible population on 1 February 2021 with Covishield vaccine. The first dose of Covishield was administered from 1 February to 15 March 2021.

Vaccination of Covishield second dose started in four centers of the capital city, Malé on 3 April 2021. The second dose of Covishield vaccine, developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII), is in progress two months after the first dose was administered.

While Maldives is administering first dose vaccine as well. The current vaccine available for general population is Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is being administered for individuals in special categories.