05.03.2021, 16:18

Vietnam to start Covid-19 vaccination on March 8

Vietnam to start Covid-19 vaccination on March 8

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long speaks at a meeting of the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control today, March 5. Vietnam will start the Covid-19 vaccination on March 8 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The first doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine will be administered to Vietnamese people on March 8, said Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long.

After over 117,600 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by British drugmaker AstraZeneca arrived in Vietnam on February 24, the Ministry of Health assigned a specialized unit to check the vaccine.

It is high time to vaccinate Vietnamese people against Covid-19, Minister Long told a regular meeting held by the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control today, March 5.

The vaccination will be conducted at 18 healthcare facilities which are treating Covid-19 patients. Those who directly participate in the treatment process will be prioritized for vaccination.

Besides, the 13 Covid-19-hit provinces and cities nationwide will be prioritized for receiving the vaccine, with Hai Duong Province identified as the top priority. Those vaccinated will be monitored through their online health records.

Some 1.3 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to be provided by Covax Facility are set to be shipped to Vietnam in April.

The Covid-19 vaccination will not be 100% effective against Covid-19, Minister Long said, adding that as such, the safety protocols should be maintained after the injection.

As planned, on March 6, the Ministry of Health will organize a conference to deploy a Covid-19 vaccination plan, offering a national training course for healthcare employees, the local media reported.