Malé, Maldives —The Quality Control Commissionor of Health Ministry, Thasleema Usmaan has revealed that no island from the Maldives has yet vaccinated 60% of its population with two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) had previously announced that after April 20, 2021, they have decided to provide easements for the restrictions placed on mandatory quarantining after traveling within the Maldives.
This includes of a new rule which states that if 60% of an islands population has administered two doses of the Covidsheild vaccine, then any individual can travel to that island without following the mandatory quarantine rule and if 60% of an island does not have 60% of its population completely vaccinated, then for the people who complete two doses of Covidsheild vaccine can travel after two weeks without following the mandatory quarantine rule.
However, as no island has yet vaccinated even 60% of its population with two doses of the vaccine, the health authorities has announced that the people who have administered two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine must present a negative PCR test result before traveling. But, they can travel without having to quarantine if the results is negaive.
HPA has released another set of rules in providing permission for these people to travel without the mandatory quarantine rule. This includes of presenting a negative PCR test before traveling from an island with over 5% of positive cases to an island without as much cases.
HPA states that if an individual who does not pass for the conditions required to vaccinate is traveling along with these people, then they should also present a negative PCR test for approval.
HPA has also stated that apart from the people mentioned below, anyone who arrives to the Maldives (including tourists) who have administered two doses of Covid-19 vaccine and completed two weeks after the vaccination does not have to provide a negative PCR test nor do they have to go through mandatory quarantine to enter the country.
The people who have to present a negative PCR test before entering Maldives are:
- Individual who work at places that provide any type of health services.
- Individuals who work at daycare centers.
- Individuals who work at schools.
- Individuals who work at places that provide residential care.
As of April 19th, the Maldives has vaccinated a total of 283,973 people the first dose and 51,350 people with the second dose of Covishield vaccine.