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.
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 book.hpa.gov.mv.
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.