Health ministry gears up vaccination rollout
VGP - The Ministry of Health has urged local authorities to speed up the rollout of the third and fourth vaccine jabs for adults and children.
Specifically, localities were tasked to complete administration of the third jabs for the over 18-year-old population in Q2 and the fourth shots for over 50 year-old people, over 18 year- old people having moderate to severe compromise immune systems, and adult population at high risks including healthcare workers, frontline workers, workers at industrial parks.
Local authorities were asked to administer vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 in a safe and effective manner.
Localities were urged to review and estimate the volume of vaccines needed for the injection of the 3rd and fourth shots for people aged from 18, or children from 5 to under 12 years old.
As of May 29, a total of 220,720,278 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Viet Nam, including over 199 million for adults, 17.46 million for children aged 12-17 years, and 4.15 million for children aged 5-11 years.
On May 25, the minister asked leaders of provinces and centrally-run cities to step up vaccination against COVID-19 as some localities have recently proposed not receiving vaccines or transfer the allocated vaccines, leading to the fact that the COVID-19 vaccination target is likely to be missed.
The number of vaccines received is enough to give the 3rd and 4th shots for people aged 18 years and older who are eligible for vaccination, the ministry said./.