07.03.2021, 12:31

Vietnamese citizens to have Covid-19 vaccine passports

Vietnamese citizens to have Covid-19 vaccine passports

Covid-19 vaccine produced by British drugmaker AstraZeneca - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - Covid-19 vaccination data of Vietnamese people will be added to the database of Vietnam’s vaccination system, which would later be integrated with other countries, serving as a basis for so-called vaccine passports, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said at a meeting on March 6.

People getting vaccinated should download the health data app, though which they can report their abnormal health conditions after the vaccination. The Covid-19 vaccine passports will be managed via QR code.

The Health Minister said Covid-19 vaccines are the results of worldwide researchers’ efforts. They are developed and manufactured in the shortest time in the history of vaccine development.

“Besides importing vaccines, Vietnam will accelerate research and development for domestic Covid-19 vaccines to ensure long-term public health security,” Long said.

He said that the vaccinated people would suffer from post-vaccination side effects as not any vaccine can be 100% safe.

According to Long, more than 117,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by British drugmaker AstraZeneca arrived in Vietnam on February 24 and the vaccination will start on March 8.

With the limited amount of vaccine doses, the vaccination will be prioritized for frontline health workers at 18 Covid-19 treatment facilities and residents in pandemic hotspots in 13 localities reporting Covid-19 patients such as Hai Duong, Hanoi and HCMC.

COVAX Facility will provide Vietnam with five million doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine this year and 25 million doses next year. The Ministry of Health is working with COVAX to send another shipment of 1.3 million doses to Vietnam this month. Other shipments would arrive in April and May.