President: Vaccines are our pathway to resume rhythm of normal life

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. (Photo/Sun/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih urged more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday, stressing that vaccines are the pathway to resume the rhythm of normal life after months of hardship from the pandemic. 

“After months of hardship from COVID19, vaccines are our pathway to resume the rhythm of normal life- to work, run our businesses and be with family and friends," said President Solih on Saturday morning, retweeting an announcement by Health Protection Agency (HPA) regarding the availability of online bookings for COVID-19 vaccination. 

He urged those who have yet to get vaccinated to get their shots as soon as possible. 

"Do it for your families, do it for your community,” he said. 

President Solih announced in his Independence Day address that Maldives has secured enough stocks to fully vaccinated everyone in the country who have yet to receive their shots. 

He said the government aims to fully vaccinate 90 percent of the eligible population in Maldives – both locals and foreign residents – by the end of August. 

“The government’s foremost aim is to complete the vaccination of 90 percent of the eligible population by August, and from there, complete vaccination of all Maldivians. This is a privilege currently enjoyed by only a handful of countries around the world,” he said. 

He urged all Maldivians to make use of the opportunity and complete their vaccine dosage.