Australia has delivered 3.6 million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam over recent weeks through a procurement agreement with UNICEF and in partnership with Vietnam's Ministry of Health, according to a press release from the Australian Embassy on February 19.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has asked the Ministry of Health (MoH) to promptly build a plan for vaccinating children aged 5-11 against Covid-19, which will be submitted to the Politburo for consideration and decision, according to an announcement released on December 8 by the Government’s Office.
In its temporary guidance on the implementation of Covid-19 testing in districts and Thu Duc city, the Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City directed localities not to carry out periodic Covid-19 tests in wards, communes, or districts.
The Center for Disease Control of Ho Chi Minh City yesterday announced that after six days, approximately 531,998 children, including 212,372 children from 16-17 years old, 319,626 children from 12-15 years old were vaccinated in the Covid-19 vaccination for children aged 12-17 in the city.
86,324 children have been vaccinated against Covid-19 from the beginning of the vaccine rollout including 79,788 children aged 16-17 and 6,536 children aged 12-15 in Ho Chi Minh City. Medical workers have provided treatment to four cases of mild reactions after injection.
The standing board of the Party Committee of HCMC has asked the health sector and competent departments to strengthen treatment of severe Covid-19 patients to reduce mortality; manage and monitor F0 cases without symptoms and F1 cases under home quarantine simultaneously. Home isolation for asymptomatic F0, F1 cases reduces pressure on field hospitals.
Concerning the import of 117,000 first doses of vaccine AstraZeneca into Vietnam, the Ministry of Health is working with the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in South Korea to assess quality of the vaccine for people’s safety; therefore, Covid-19 vaccine rollout is slower than initially scheduled, said Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long.