Health Protection Agency HPA has today begun vaccinating all above 30 years against the COVID-19 illness.

HPA announced via Twitter that all individuals above 30-years of age can now get vaccinated against the illness and that vaccination would continue for high-risk groups between 18-30 years.

HPA had also said that vaccination for migrants would begin soon with Maldives Red Crescent MRC now registering migrants without documentation that would pave way for their vaccination.

The Agency had said last night that a total of 70,009 people have now been vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic here in the Maldives. It said that while 3,755 people were vaccinated in the Greater Male' Area yesterday 1,528 people were vaccinated against the illness in the Atolls.

This takes the total number of individuals vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic in the Atolls to 16,340 while in the Greater Male' Area 53,669 people have now received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Authorities in the Maldives are currently administering the covishield vaccine donated by India earlier this year and had said that those who were given the1st dose would be given in the 2nd dose of the vaccine in 8 weeks time.

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid had announced that India had donated an additional 100,000 doses of the covishield vaccine to the Maldives.

Shahid made the announcement after he met the visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar yesterday.