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7 groups given priority for Covid-19 vaccination in HCMC

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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March 22, 2021 | 16:15

Medical workers treating Covid-19 patients and those involve in testing Covid-19 are among the prioritized groups to receive the vaccine in Ho Chi Minh City’s immunization campaign which is slated to take place between March 22 to April 19.

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Other prioritized groups include sample collectors, epidemiological investigators, contact tracers, those working at the concentrated quarantine facilities, those participating in transporting suspected or infected cases, those in charge of health declaration, Vnexpress reported.

The vaccine will be received, transported, and distributed in accordance with the regulations to ensure safety. Each vaccination site has no more than 100 people. Besides, the vaccine recipients are required to maintain a safe distance from each other, wear face masks and wash hands with sanitizers, etc.

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A medical worker at the HCM Hospital for Tropical Diseases is injected with the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 8 when Vietnam starts its mass vaccination campaign. Photo: Vnexpress.

Before the administration, the recipients will be screened. After the administration, they will be asked to stay at the injection sites for 30 minutes for health monitoring. They need to continue to self-monitoring their health at home for at least the next 7 days. The second shot will be given 12 weeks after the shot one and then recipients will be granted the certificates of vaccination.

Ho Chi Minh Center for Disease Control (HCDC) received 8,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on March 10. These vaccines, being stored at the HCDC’s cold storage system, are set to give to 8,000 frontline health workers, ensuring the city’s target of covering vaccination for 95% of its medical workers.

Over the past two days, HCDC organized two training courses on vaccination for eligible units including 11 municipal hospitals, 3 regional general hospitals, 20 district-level hospitals, VNVC’s center, district-level medical centers, general and specialized clinics.

HCM Hospital for Tropical Diseases was the first unit to launch the Covid-19 vaccination on March 8. It received 900 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

As of March 21, as many as 32,361 Vietnamese frontliners in 16 provinces and cities have been administered the vaccine.

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A medical staff at HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases checks a vital of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photo: VnExpress

Hai Duong, Vietnam’s biggest Covid-19 hotspot in the latest outbreak, is the locality with the highest number of people vaccinated, accounting for about 50% of the total number of recipients in the country.

The vaccine used in the ongoing vaccination rollout in Vietnam is developed and manufactured by the British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University. The first batch of 117,600 vaccine doses arrived in Vietnam on February 24. An additional 5 million doses from global vaccine access mechanism Covax, UNICEF, and Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company’s purchasing contract are expected to arrive in March and April.

The Health Ministry distributed 117,600 vaccine doses to 13 provinces, including 14 Centers for Disease Control and 21 medical facilities treating Covid-19 patients.

Many cases of severe anaphylaxis, blood clots, and deaths, etc have been reported after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine. A number of countries have suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine despite no link discovered between these incidents and the vaccine. The World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency also confirmed that the vaccine is safe.

Vietnam recorded one imported case of COVID-19 in the past 12 hours to 6 pm March 20, raising the national count to 2,572, according to the Health Ministry.

The latest patient is a Vietnamese citizen who returned from Germany via Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 while staying in quarantine in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

As of March 20, 2,198 patients have been given the all-clear. The death toll remains at 35.

Among patients still under treatment, 37 have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, 18 twice and 63 thrice.

Meanwhile, 37,599 people are being quarantined nationwide, with 492 at hospitals, 18,379 at concentrated quarantine facilities, and 18,728 at their accommodations.

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