Health Protection Agency HPA has suspended the administration of the Covishield vaccine in the Greater Male' Area amid speculation of vaccine shortages in the country.

HPA said in a tweet that the suspension would be effective starting today and that it would announce when the vaccination would be restarted at a later date.

The Agency did not specify why the vaccine was suspended in the Greater Male' Area where authorities had been administering only the second dose of the vaccine since last month.

The suspension follows massive vaccination queues at the centers across the Greater Male' Area that had prompted authorities to limit the number of Covishield vaccines being given every day but allowing the vaccination at only two centers in the area.

Expatriate workers queuing up for vaccination hour before center opens/ Photo: The Press

Meanwhile, HPA had said in its latest vaccination update that a total of 297,639 people in the Maldives have so far received the first dose of the vaccines currently being administered in the Maldives.

HPA also said that 108,494 across the country have completed their vaccinations after receiving both doses of the vaccine across the country.

The Agency has mentioned that there are 11 vaccination centers in the Greater Male' area and that another 4 mobile units in the area. HPA added that there are 240 vaccination centers in the Atolls.