50 percent of adults fully vaccinated in Maldives!

A resort industry worker receiving the first dose of Covishield vaccine, manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with Oxford University | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives – Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) on Thursday, informs that 50 percent of the adult population have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Speaking at the HEOC press conference last night, Spokesperson Dr. Nazla Rafeeg said that as of yesterday, 3343 in Malé region have received the second dose of Covishield vaccine, along with 2482 people is islands and another 541 people in resorts.

Dr. Nazla also added that while 622 people have received the first dose of Sinopharm vaccine, 284 people have received both doses.

This takes the total number of fully vaccinated people to over 50 percent of the adult population. Dr. Nazla noted that this is a big achievement for the country.

India initially donated 200,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine, which is the most commonly used vaccine in Maldives. However, HPA had to temporarily stop the administration of this vaccine due to lack of doses. With the availability of more doses, they have now commenced the administration of the vaccine again. Vaccination is ongoing for both Sinopharm and Covishield at present, with the authorities urging the eligible public to make appointments for Covishield second dose.

The government encourages as many people to get vaccinated against the disease as soon as possible. Maldives recently saw the biggest wave of Covid-19 to have hit the country since pandemic began. However, the country is now progressive towards a recovery with decreased number of cases.