Fully vaccinated population in the Maldives surpass 350,000

Nurses prepping to administer Covishield vaccine | Photo: President's Office

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed last night that more than 350,000 individuals have been fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus in Maldives.

Latest statistics released by the HPA shows that while 394،049 individuals have administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, a total of 353,364 individuals have completed both doses of the vaccine.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said on 21 September 2021 that 85 per cent of the eligible population are fully vaccinated against the virus, while over 95 percent of the eligible student population are also vaccinated against Covid-19 as well.

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 the eligible population in the country.

The Maldives government is now exploring options to extend the shelf life of the Covid-19 vaccines in stock by 3 months past expiry date. The island nation has also donated surplus doses to neighboring Nepal and Bangladesh.