Pregnant women to register for Pfizer vaccine

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

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has asked for pregnant women to register for the Pfizer vaccine developed to fight against Covid-19.

Speaking at last night’s Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) press conference, Spokesperson of the President’s Office Mabrook Azeez said that the Pfizer vaccine will first be administered to those who register early. He noted that the vaccine will be administered after setting aside enough doses to complete the second dose.

As the Covid-19 situation in Maldives deteriorates, the number of pregnant women testing positive for the disease are also increase. At the moment there are about 50 pregnant women who are currently being treated foe Covid-19 out of which one of them is in a serious state. She is being treated with the aid of a ventilator.

The Pfizer vaccine was previously administered to certain people under special conditions. The vaccine is being used in the capital city Malé only as the vaccine requires special storage conditions.

In the latest statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 1,433 cases recorded yesterday, 1,294 were from the Malé area, while 134 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 05 case from operational resorts which brought up the total active cases in the country to 16,997.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 45,956 out of which 28,849 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 17, 2021. While the country is currently going through one of the worst waves that has hit the country in terms of the pandemic, currently there are 268 patients receiving hospitalized care for the virus throughout the country.

With majority of the hospitalized patients being in the capital, experts continuously reiterate the importance of taking preventive steps against Covid-19, such as maintaining adequate physical distancing, wearing masks and practicing hand hygiene.