The Maldives Ministry of Tourism announced on Sunday that the Vaccine Tourism Program would be delayed until the fourth quarter of 2021 due to difficulties in obtaining COVID-19 vaccines.
Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom previously stated that the Vaccine Tourism Program, which will allow tourists to vaccinate in the Maldives, will begin in the third quarter of this year.
However, Deputy Minister Assad Riza stated on Sunday that the Vaccine Tourism Program will not begin until the entire Maldivian population has received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. He said that the tourism ministry has chosen to postpone the program until late 2021 due to challenges in obtaining COVID-19 vaccines.
Assad further stated that if the whole population of the country has not been fully vaccinated by the end of the fourth quarter, the initiative may face further delays.
According to the Health Protection Agency’s most recent numbers, more than half of the Maldives’ eligible population has been fully vaccinated, with around 80% of tourism industry workers receiving two doses under the “I am vaccinated” program.