The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that authorities have now administered the first dose of the vaccine to 46% of those eligible for the vaccine in the country as part of its mass vaccination program.
7,908 people were vaccinated today alone. Vaccines queues are growing as many seek vaccination before the government halts the administration of the first dose on 15th March, except for a select few.
A total of 206,114 people have now been given the first dose of the covishield vaccine in the Maldives since HPA kicked-off its nationwide inoculation drive on February 1st.
Meanwhile, Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) Spokesperson, Dr. Fathimath Nazla Rafeeq stated that the government had entered into an agreement with India’s Serum Institute to buy an additional 300,000 doses of the covishield vaccine.
Moreover, China has committed to donate 200,000 doses of vaccine and that the COVAX institute had also donated 108,000 doses of the vaccine to the Maldives. She added that the Maldives has received 12,000 from the COVAX doses and it is already in use.
Furthermore, the government is looking to secure 5,850 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as well and with the current vaccine in stock, authorities would be able to administer the second dose of the vaccine as early as next month.