Beginning September 1, people who have not been immunized against COVID-19 will be barred from accessing schools, according to the education ministry.
The education ministry stated in a statement issued on Sunday that this measure was made to ensure that physical studies continue uninterrupted after they resume at the start of the new academic year.
According to the statement, from September 1, only people who have received both doses of the vaccine will be allowed inside schools. The education ministry, however, stated that the restriction will only apply to individuals who are of eligible age to obtain the vaccine.
Furthermore, on July 26, the education ministry sent a letter to all school administration, noting that they strongly encourage all school workers to get fully vaccinated before the new academic year, in order for schools to reopen in a normal situation.
Following the identification of the first COVID-19 case in the country in March 2020, the Maldives ceased providing physical classes for students. Physical classes will resume on August 10th, the start of the new academic year.
According to the most recent statistics, 321,764 people received their first dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 264,913 receiving their second dose, accounting for more than half of the eligible population.