COVID-19: Fourth dose administered to over 650 people

The fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine -- the second booster -- has been administered to 689 people.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced on June 22 that people over the age of 65 and those at high risk of infection who have completed three doses of the vaccine are eligible to receive a fourth dose.

According to the HPA, 0.15 percent of the population -- 680 people -- has received the fourth dose of the vaccine. The third dose, which is the first booster shot, ] was administered to 165,066 people, which is 36.45 percent of the population.

So far, 398,949 people, or 88.11 percent of the eligible population, have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The second dose has been administered to 84.95 percent of the population, which is 384,648 people.

The Maldives has experienced four dangerous waves of the COVID-19 virus. During the waves, the disease spread widely, and many people were infected every day. Several deaths were also recorded daily during the wave.