Those over 60 years of age now eligible for Pfizer vaccine

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has said the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to unvaccinated individuals above the age of 60.

The Maldives recently obtained a large shipment of Pfizer vaccine with the help of the USA through the COVAX Facility. Although the Pfizer vaccine was initially administered to high-risk individuals and pregnant women, the government began giving the vaccine to children between the ages of 12 and 17 after the new stock of vaccines was received.

HPA Thursday said they added a new category of individuals who are eligible to receive the Pfizer shot. In this regard, individuals who are 60 years and above can receive the Pfizer vaccine from Wednesday onward, said HPA. The individuals should not have received any other COVID-19 vaccine to be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

High-risk individuals that are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine include individuals who have undergone an organ transplant, those who have auto-immune diseases, cancer patients, those taking steroids long-term, thalassemia, and sickle cell anemia patients, those undergoing dialysis, kidney disease patients, etc.