70 percent of those eligible for 2nd Sinopharm shot yet to receive it

People queued up outside a vaccine center in the Greater Male' Area of the Maldives on May 1, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has stated that 70 percent of those eligible for the second dose of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine in the Greater Male' Area are yet to receive their second dose. 

The Maldives currently administers three types of vaccines. They are the Covishield vaccine which is currently out of stock, the Sinopharm vaccine as well as the Pfizer vaccine which is administered in special circumstances. 

Vaccinations of the Covishield vaccine are currently halted as the Maldives waits for the next shipment with no official confirmed date. However, the Sinopharm vaccine is still being administered. Currently, more than 77,662 people have received the first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine.

Around 70 percent of those who are currently eligible for the second dose of the same vaccine have not yet received it, according to the HPA. 

The HPA has previously stated that the second dose is to be received after three weeks of the first dose in order to completely vaccinate against COVID-19. 

The situation with the virus in the Maldives is bad, according to the authorities. The number of positive cases and deaths from the virus has increased significantly recently as the nation battles a fourth wave of the virus. Authorities have repeatedly advised the public to innoculate against the virus. 

More than 300,000 in the country have received the first dose of a vaccine while 147,682 have received both doses. 

Around 30 percent of the eligible vaccine population have not yet received a single dose of the vaccine, according to health authorities.