Maldives govt mandates fortnightly Covid-19 tests for unvaccinated civil servants

Random samples being taken around Malé City | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – The government of Maldives has announced measures for the Covid-19 unvaccinated, including mandatory Covid-19 tests every two weeks.

The Civil Service Commission of Maldives released a circular earlier today stating that as per the Public Health Protection Act, Civil Servants who are eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations but have not administered the vaccines will have to submit mandatory PCR tests every two weeks.

Civil Service Commission stated that effective 1 September 2021, all unvaccinated civil servants must produce a negative PCR test to attend their jobs. In addition, until fully vaccinated, civil servants must produce mandatory PCR test results every fortnight.

The Commission advised all government employees to complete two doses of COvid-19 vaccinations and recommended all relevant institutions to ensure that employees are fully vaccinated.

The Education Ministry has already taken steps against teachers who did not fulfil the Covid-19 vaccinations. Further, the Tourism Ministry has also mandated vaccine requirements for the industry workers and inhabited islands with guesthouses. The government of Maldives has started a campaign to vaccinate 90 percent of the resident population.