Health Protection Agency HPA has begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals above the age of 25 years.

HPA had said that those who are 25 years above should get the COVID-19 vaccine while caretakers of bedridden patients are also urged to get vaccinated against the pandemic in order to protect their charges.

HPA had said earlier that all high-risk individuals between the ages of 18-25 should also get the COVID-19 vaccine from the vaccination centers established around the country.

The Agency had said that there 9 vaccination centers in the Greater Male'Area and that there are 169 inoculation centers in Atolls.

HPA had said last night that a total of 85,110 people have now been vaccinated with the 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Maldives. This includes 61,777 from the capital city of Male' and 23, 333 from the Atolls.

Authorities are currently administering the 100,000 doses of the covishield vaccine donated by India earlier this year and had said that those who had received the first dose must wait for 8 weeks before receiving the second dose of the vaccine.

India had again donated a further 100,000 dose of the covishield vaccine to the Maldives this month.