The Maldives will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to visitors in November, Tourism Minister Dr Abdulla Mausoom said.
Minister Mausoom told a local news outlet that the government’s plan to provide vaccination to visitors after the Maldives’ eligible population has been fully vaccinated will be implemented in the fourth quarter of this year, and that discussions with the health ministry are currently underway.
The tourism minister also stated that the vaccination is being provided to visitors as a means of thanking them for choosing to spend their vacation in the Maldives during a pandemic, even when the vaccine was not being offered.
In addition, Mausoom stated that providing the COVID-19 vaccination to visitors is done for their convenience. He also stated that tourism is thriving at the moment, adding that the industry is now experiencing a never-before-seen high season.
In the Maldives, a high proportion of the eligible population has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. According to the most current Health Protection Agency figures, 392,887 individuals have gotten their first dosage and 344,123 have been fully vaccinated.