Authorities in the Maldives have begun administering the COVID booster dose for the general public as the country looks to quell the new wave of the COVID pandemic.

Public Health Officials have said that the booster dose would be administered to all above 18-years of age and that it would be given to those who have completed 6 months after receiving the 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (Covisheild/Astrazeneca, Sinopharm, Pfizer).

Authorities in the Maldives are administering a dose of the Pfizer vaccine as the booster dose.

Officials have also said that it would be administered on an appointment basis and urged all to book theirs through the vaccine portal.

They had urged the public to arrive at the vaccination center 15 minutes before their appointment and to bring their identification card or any official document to verify their identity.

Meanwhile, Health Protection Agency HPA had confirmed yesterday that a total of 29,089 people in the Maldives have now received the COVID booster dose.

HPA said that a total of 397,123 people have received the first dose of the COVID vaccine and out of that 368,622 people have now received the second dose of the vaccine.