The Maldives government has started to administer the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to schoolchildren aged 12 to 17.
According to an education ministry media official, the administration of the second vaccine dose to children who received the first shot began on Monday.
On August 15, the Maldives began administering Pfizer vaccines to children, which were donated by the United States through the COVAX facility. The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is recommended three weeks later from the initial dose.
The education ministry has previously stated that the program will vaccinate over 40,000 schoolchildren.
According to the education ministry, after fully vaccinating children aged 12 to 17, the government intends to allow extracurricular activities in schools.
Furthermore, since the beginning of September, the Health Protection Agency has prohibited unvaccinated individuals from entering school grounds.