Second dose vaccination commences in Thinadhoo and Kulhudhuffushi

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

Maldives – The administration of the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Thinadhoo was opened by Dr. Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital, and in HDh. Kulhudhuffushi by Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital (KRH) on 14 April 2021.

Dr. Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital stated that everyone of age 18 to 59 years living in Thinadhoo, can be vaccinated. The administering of the vaccine will be carried out in the hall of Thinadhoo Islamic Centre, between 2130 and 2245 hours.

The hospital said that they will be administering Sinopharm vaccine as the first dose. The second dose of Covishield, after 8 weeks from the first dose, will also be administered.

Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital stated that vaccinations for the second dose will be conducted from 14 to 15 April at KRH Ufan Hiya for individuals whose the first dose of Covishield was administered before 18 February 2021.

Those who are going to receive the vaccine were instructed to;

  • Bring identity card, drivers license or other form of identification
  • Bring Covid-19 Dhifaau vaccine card
  • Bring relevant medical documents
  • Ensure that there are no signs or symptoms of the virus in the person going to get vaccinated
  • Ensure that the individual is not quarantined
  • Wear a loose outfit which provides easy access to vaccination site (upper arm area)
  • Eat well prior to getting vaccinated

Vaccination of Covishield second dose, as well as first dose Sinopharm vaccine administration for those who had not gotten vaccinated before, also started in Addu City on April 9. It is being carried out at Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH).

Maldives has authorized three vaccines for emergency use; Covishield, Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine and Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine.

The Covid-19 Dhifaau program was launched on February 1 with the aim of inoculating all eligible resident population of the Maldives. Maldives has been lauded for practising vaccine equity in the International arena for giving free and equal access to vaccines to migrants regardless of their legal status.