Health Protection Agency HPA says more than 7,000 individuals were administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday as the country looks to inoculate the whole population in months.

HPA said that a total of 7,446 people were given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Maldives yesterday and that this includes 4,825 from the Greater Male' Area and 2,621 from the Atolls.

This takes the total number of vaccinated to 98,311 which includes 69,725 from the Greater Male' Area and 28, 586 from the Atolls.

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

The Agency kicked-off the massive inoculation program earlier this month and has been gradually expanding its program by vaccinating different age groups.

This week HPA began giving the COVID-19 vaccine to all those above the age of 25 years and also urged caretakers of bedridden patients to get themselves vaccinated.

HPA along with Maldives Red Crescent MRC also began vaccinating undocumented migrant workers living in the Greater Male' Area this week with MRC helping such migrants get registered for the vaccinations. Their efforts have garnered international appreciation within the aid community as many lauded their voluntary work to help with the vaccination of the migrants.

MRC had said that it is an incredible milestone in the COVID-19 immunization fight to ensure that no one is left behind and also to ensure vaccine equity.