BREAKING: Covishield 2nd dose approved to be administered within 6 months

Covishield 2 doses | Photo: PTI

Malé, Maldives – World Health Organisation has approved for the second dose of Covishield vaccine to be administered within 6 months of the first dose.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced that production companies are currently facing difficulties in producing doses of the Covishield and AstraZeneka vaccine which has led to a decrease in the availability of the vaccine in many countries.

This is why the World Health Organisation, in light of recent research advised that the second dose can be administered within 6 months of the administration of the first dose. Following this, Maldives Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has also approved for it to be implemented in Maldives.

HPA said that Maldives is currently putting maximum effort to procure the vaccine as soon as possible. The latest numbers from HPA show that there are about 96,000 people in Maldives that has not yet received the second dose of Covishield after receiving the first due to the unavailability of the vaccine.

HPA advises everyone to remain at home and strictly adhere to preventive guidelines to minimise the spread of Covid-19 in Maldives as much as possible. Maldives is currently going through the worst wave of Covid-19 to have hit the country since the pandemic began last year.