Nearly 20,000 Maldivians Register For COVID-19 Vaccination

MALE, Jan 26 (NNN-IPS) – Nearly 20,000 Maldivians have signed up to be vaccinated against COVID-19, since registrations were opened on Jan 18, local media reported here today.

Health Emergency Operation Centre’s (HEOC) Spokesperson, Dr. Nazla Rafeeq, was quoted in state-owned PSM News as saying that, 19,666 people had registered to be vaccinated so far. Registrations are currently only open for priority groups, such as health and social care workers.

The Maldives received 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from India on Jan 20. President Ibrahim Solih pledged to vaccinate the entire population, free of charge.

According to data from the Health Protection Agency, the Maldives currently has 14,993 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out of which 13,851 have fully recovered and 51 have died.– NNN-IPS