Addu City runs out of Covishield vaccine doses

Covishield 2 doses | Photo: PTI

Addu City, Maldives – Addu City has run out of Covishield vaccine doses, temporarily stopping the administration of vaccines in the city.

Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH) announced last Thursday, that the administration of vaccines will continue through an online appointment system. The hospital opened up for appointments for those who have not yet received the second dose of Covishield vaccine after receiving the first.

In addition to the second dose of Covishield vaccine, the hospital also started to give out the first dose of Sinopharm vaccine.

However, the administration of Covishield has now been stopped due to a lack of doses in the city. The are several people who registered for the second dose of the Covishield vaccine but have not yet received it while the doses ran out. The are additional people who have not yet registered for the vaccine.

The initial regulations announced by HEOC stated that the second dose of the Covishield vaccine must be administered 8 weeks after receiving the first. However, the revised regulations allow for the second dose to be administered after 12 weeks.

Additional doses of the vaccine are expected to be received this week.

Maldives recently saw the biggest wave of Covid-19 to have hit the country since the pandemic began in early 2020. However, the cases are currently decreasing and HPA has been easing some of the protective measures implemented. Alarmingly, the most recent case numbers indicate a higher positive rate in the islands while capital city Malé recovers