Male’, Maldives – Transport Ministry of Maldives has instructed to not let people who have not even administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to travel by both land and sea.
As a measure taken to pressurize people to get fully vaccinated, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) stated that from September 1 onwards, restrictions will be imposed on people who have not administered Covid-19 vaccine. This includes of unvaccinated people not being allowed to enter restaurants, cafes and hotels along with gyms, salons and cinemas as well.
A statement sent to Transportation companies from the Transport Ministry instructed the respective authorities to adhere to the new guidelines that will be provided by the HPA to not let unvaccinated people travel by land and sea, including in taxi’s as well.
Latest statistics released by the HPA shows that while 381,902 individuals have administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, a total of 301,189 individuals have completed both doses of the vaccine.
According to the Spokesperson at the President’s Office, Mohamed Mabrook Azeez, over 84 per cent of the eligible population over the age of 18 years had been vaccinated against the virus, while over 81 per cent of the eligible population above the age of 12 years had been vaccinated against Covid-19 as well. He also revealed that, in comparison with the rest of the world, the Maldives had made significant progress in its vaccination program.
On August 02, 2021, Maldives initiated a large-scale Covid-19 vaccination program in the capital Male’ city and the atolls after the island nation procured enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to completely vaccinate all the residents in the country. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih earlier revealed the government aims to inoculate 90 per cent of the eligible population residing in the Maldives by the end of August 2021.