Maldives has decided to expand the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to include select people between the age of 50-60 years.
Maldives began administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots on October 3. The booster shots are currently available to individuals aged 60 years and above, and immunocompromised individuals.
Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced in a tweet on Thursday that starting Saturday, November 20, booster shots will also be available to individuals aged 50 years and above.
However, individuals aged 50 years and above must meet specific criteria in order to be eligible for booster shots; having undergone an organ transplant or being on immunosuppressants (including Methotrexate, Leflunomide, Mycophenolate, Tacrolimus, Cyclophosphamide, Cyclosporine, Azathioprine and Biologics such as Rituximab, Tocilizumab, Infliximab, Tofacitinib).
Others eligible for booster shots are:
The booster shot is administered minimum 60 days after the administration of the second shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Booster shots are administered in three hospitals in the greater Male’ region. They are:
According to statistics released by HPA, 361,391 people have been fully vaccinated, and 5,390 people have received the booster shot
Eligible individuals who wish to receive the booster shot can book an appointment via HPA’s portal.