Appointments no longer needed for booster dose

The administration of booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine is now available without appointment.

The government began administering the Pfizer vaccine as a booster shot to those who have completed the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last October. While vaccines were first given to high-risk individuals, all persons above the age of 18 are now eligible to receive the shot if six months have passed since they received their second dose. The shots were being administered on appointment basis until now.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said appointments are no longer required at vaccine centers to receive the booster shot.

The Maldives now considers a person fully vaccinated if they have received the booster shot and the two main doses of the vaccine. HPA has eased some restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals, where direct contacts who do not live with positive cases do not have to quarantine if they have received the booster shot. However, they must undergo a PCR test if they have symptoms and must remain in quarantine until they receive their result.

As per the latest HPA statistics, 95,048 people have received the booster shot in the Maldives.