Maldives Police Services says 50 percent of its workforce has now been given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Police said that up till yesterday 1,676 police had been given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Greater Male' Area.

It said that vaccination was being carried out under Police Medical and that the operation was running smoothly.

Police said there has been no need to take action against any staff for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine and every day many working at the police force are going to get vaccinated.

It said that the staff working under the police force were ready to get vaccinated and that they want to the situation by taking all the necessary actions needed.

Health Protection Agency HPA revealed yesterday that over 90,000 people have been administered the 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Maldives.

It said that this includes 64,900 from the Greater Male' Area and 25,965 individuals from the Atolls.

Yesterday, HPA had 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.