Booster shots against the Covid-19 pandemic have been given to over 160,000 people.

Between May 22 and May 28, 764 people received booster doses, 32 more people received first doses, and 91 more people received second doses, according to the latest data released on Monday by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Covid-19 booster doses had been given to 160,911 people by the end of Saturday, accounting for 35.54 percent of the Maldives’ eligible population.

The first wave of vaccines was given to 398,682 people, with 384,183 receiving both doses.

In the Maldives, 88.05 percent of those eligible for vaccination doses had gotten the first dose, with 84.85 percent receiving both doses.

The Covid-19 vaccine has been given to a total of 14,499 persons thus far.

On February 1, 2021, the current administration initiated the “Covid-19 Dhifaau” immunisation campaign.

The HPA previously announced that booster dosages can now be delivered to anyone without an appointment.

Individuals must bring their ID cards or other forms of formal identification, dress comfortably with easy access to their shoulders, visit the vaccination centre alone, and arrive after a full lunch. They can’t be sick or quarantined, either.

HPA is now the exclusive supplier of booster dosages to Pfizer. According to the government, immunocompromised patients, seniors, and frontline workers would all receive booster shots of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Frontline workers and persons at high risk of Covid-19 problems who had received both doses of the vaccination were given booster shots, as recommended by the Maldives Technical Advisory Group on Immunization.

Despite the fact that it increased protection against infection and severe disease, HPA discovered that vaccination-induced immunity diminishes with time and that a booster dose is necessary after six months to maintain immunity.

To help minimise virus complications, authorities are still asking people to get their vaccination doses.

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