789 vaccination doses were administered under the government’s “Covid-19 Dhifaau” inoculation drive on Saturday.
According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), Saturday’s vaccinations included 156 first doses administered to 104 atoll residents and 52 residents of the Greater Malé Region, as well as 633 second doses. 134 Greater Malé residents and 499 persons residing in outlying atolls received the second jabs.
This means that 186 Greater Malé residents and 603 atoll residents were vaccinated against coronavirus on Saturday.
The total number of persons who have received first doses currently sits at 391,738, with 335,926 persons having completed both doses nationwide.
55,812 persons across the Maldives are currently awaiting second doses of the Covid-19 vaccination.
There are currently three mobile teams across six vaccination centers in the capital region, as well as 176 vaccination centers spanning outlying atolls.
The incumbent administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih launched the “Covid-19 Dhifaau” inoculation drive on February 1.
During his General Debate Statement at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday, the president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated that 95 percent of school children have been vaccinated so far, with 85 percent of persons having been vaccinated so far across the nation.
HPA announced restrictions for unvaccinated persons from September 1 earlier, however, it has since been revealed that the implementation of the restrictions will be delayed, as the government is currently working on launching an adequate application through which unvaccinated persons may be tracked and monitored.
Restrictions that unvaccinated persons will be facing include a ban on domestic travel and disallowing tourists to check in to guesthouses if they are unvaccinated. Further, civil servants who have not been vaccinated yet will also be required to present negative PCR test results every 14 days.
Authorities continue to urge the public to receive their vaccination shots, in order to help curb complications from the virus.