More than 27,000 students in the Maldives have received two doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, the education ministry has revealed.
In August, the Maldives launched a vaccination campaign to immunize all eligible schoolchildren aged 12 to 17.
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is being administered to children in the Maldives, with most of the vaccine donated by the United States via the COVAX facility.
According to the education ministry, as of September 26, 35,989 schoolchildren had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 27,697 having been fully vaccinated.
The education ministry intends to allow extracurricular activities in schools after fully vaccinating all students over the age of 12. Around 40,000 children will be immunized as part of the vaccine campaign, according to the education ministry.
People who have not been immunized against COVID-19 have been barred from entering school grounds since the beginning of September, as part of the government’s effort to encourage vaccination while avoiding disruptions in the academic calendar.