Ministry of Tourism and Health Protection Agency have begun COVID-19 vaccination in resorts.
The program was first carried out in Bandos Maldives and will be carried out in other resorts within this week. Tourism Ministry’s Senior Executive Director Ali Razzan, in a tweet, has stated that the program is continuing successfully and over 100 resort staff will be vaccinated under this program.
“Depending on the permits by HPA, we aim to extend the vaccination drive to the resorts as soon as possible for their convenience”, said Assad Riza, Deputy Minister of Tourism. “Our target is to set up atleast 2 vaccination centres in each atoll. Resort staff can also travel to nearby resorts to get vaccinated. We have already trained over 50 resort doctors for the administration of the vaccine.”
Vaccination of frontline workers in resorts rolled out today beginning with @bandosmaldives.
w/ training of medical officers, center setups and logistical operations taking place concurrently, this program could be rolled out to additional resorts in coming days. #Covid19Dhifaau pic.twitter.com/SGpjA1sjsK
— Razzan (@alirazzan) February 14, 2021
Latest statistics from Tourism Ministry show that 562 individuals from tourism industry have been vaccinated from which 35 are resort employees.
The “Covishield” brand vaccine administered, is developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and had the same formula as the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. On January 20, 2021, the Government of India donated a shipment of 100,000 doses of the vaccine to the Maldives.