Three prioritized groups receiving Covid-19 vaccine in second phase in HCMC
|Health Ministry changes Covid-19 vaccine allocation plan|
|Ho Chi Minh City receives more than 56,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses|
|Ha Tinh prioritized individuals get Covid-19 vaccine on live platform|
|A medical worker is injected with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: Baotintuc|
HCMC Department of Health recently held an online meeting with all health facilities in the city to deploy the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, Baotintuc reported.
With receiving 56.250 vaccine doses, the city will give priority of inoculation to three groups in the second phase.
45.190 doses will be given to medical workers (who yet vaccinated in the first phase), 2000 doses for Tan Son Nhat International Airport’s staff who come direct contact with entrants, and 9.050 for medical workers (who receiving first jabs in the first phase).
Director of HCMC Health Department Nguyen Tan Binh said the local health sector has a total of more than 60000 medical workers. Due to the limited supply of the Covid-19 vaccine, only three abovementioned groups getting vaccinated in this phase.
Binh also requested vaccination sites accelerate inoculation to avoid the vaccine to be expired.
Director of HCMC Center for Disease Control asked all vaccination sites to thoroughly prepare to timely treat possible cases with reactions after administration.
The city’s second phase of the vaccination campaign is expected to last from April 19 to April 30.
Vietnam aims to secure around 150 million doses this year to cover 70 percent of its 98 million population.
In the first phase of the vaccination campaign, there were 33% of recipients displaying commonly mild reactions such as swelling at the injection site, fatigue, mild fever, headache, and nausea. These reactions are normal which are also detected in other types of vaccines against measles, whooping cough, or tetanus.
There were 1% of recipients experiencing severe reactions; however, they were timely treated and now are all in stable health conditions.
The post-injection reaction rate in Vietnam was lower than that announced by the producer. The country to date hasn’t yet recorded any cases of blood clots after administration.
424 officers and soldiers serving the coming 6th Vietnam-China Border Defense Friendship Exchange event were injected with AstraZeneca dose on April 15.
The third clinical trial stage of made-in-Vietnam Covid-19 vaccine Nanocovax is scheduled to start on May 5, three months earlier than expected.
Vietnam will continue its Covid-19 inoculation campaign using the AstraZeneca vaccine although Denmark stopped injecting it over fears of blot clots.