Maldives to administer Covid-19 booster shots starting tomorrow

An elderly person receiving Covid-19 vaccine in Malé | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that Maldives will start administering Covid-19 booster shots tomorrow.

HPA informs that Covid-19 booster doses will be administered to frontline workers and high risk individuals starting 3 October 2021, Monday.

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will be administered as a third shot or booster dose for the following categories, given that they have completed two doses of Covid-19 vaccination 6 months previously.

Frontline workers

Seniors over 60

Immunocompromised individuals including those who have

  • Undergone an organ transplant
  • Subject to regular dialysis
  • Undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Under treatment with immunosuppressant drugs including patients on steroid treatment equivalent to prednisolone at a dose of greater or equal to 10 mg per day for more than 1 month. Immunosuppressant drugs include Methotrexate, Leflunomide, Mycophenolate, Tacrolimus, Cyclophosphamide, Cyclosporine, Azathioprine and Biologics such as Rituximab, Tocilizumab, Infliximab, Tofacitinib.
  • Diabetes with organ damage
  • Obesity (BMI of 40 or more)
  • Chronic pulmonary diseases such as COPS, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, or interstitial lung disease. Under oxygen therapy for pulmonary diseases.
  • Liver diseases such as liver cirrhosis
  • Diabetes patients with organ damage
  • Bedridden due to old age or disease
  • Thalassemia and sickle cell anemia
  • Down syndrome
  • Congenital heart disease

These individuals may book their Covid-19 booster shot appointments via

Vaccinations are available at ADK Hospital and Hulhumalé Hospital from 09:00 to 14:00, at Villimalé Hospital from 10:00 to 12:00 in the greater Malé area.