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Da Nang commences Covid-19 vaccination for medical workers

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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March 12, 2021 | 07:35

100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were transported to Da Nang and will be injected to frontline medical workers of municipal Lung Hospital on March 12.

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“The Da Nang Center for Disease Control Center received vaccine doses from VNVC in Da Nang. These number of the vaccine will be administered to the medical staff of Da Nang Lung Hospital on the morning of March 12”, Phuc said.

On the afternoon of March 10, the first 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were transferred by the Ministry of Health to the VNVC’s cold storage. They are a part of 117600 AstraZeneca vaccine doses that arrived in Vietnam on February 24. AstraZeneca vaccine is produced by AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Company, in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

According to the VNVC Da Nang, upon receiving 100 doses of this COVID-19 vaccine, it implemented procedures to store the vaccine. After completing the prescribed procedures, the vaccine was handed over to Da Nang Center for Disease Control on the morning of March 11, VTC News reported.

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A woman is injected with a Covid-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca in HCMC, March 8, 2021. Photo: VnExpress.

On the morning of March 11, Bac Ninh General Hospital was the first unit in the province to kick off COVID-19 inoculation to 50 medical staff who regularly have close contact with the infection.

Mr. Nguyen Ba Quy, Deputy Director of the Bac Ninh Department of Health said that the work on preparation and implementation of COVID-19 vaccination in the province was carefully prepared from reception, consultation, screening, vaccination to monitoring post-injection.

In this phase, Bac Ninh province received 2,900 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. From March 11 to March 28, 2,750 medical workers and 150 people of police and military force have been given vaccines. The province arranged 11 vaccination sites including 10 fixed and 1 mobile one.

According to the Director of Bac Ninh General Hospital Ha Ba Chan, the hospital received 800 doses of vaccine.

"Since these are the first shots, the hospital has to highly concentrate to ensure absolute safety for vaccine recipients. The hospital arranged a separate room as well as a team of doctors and medical equipment for post-injection health monitoring”, said Mr. Ha Ba Chan.

As the first person to be injected COVID-19 vaccine in Bac Ninh province, Doctor Nguyen Van Dung, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, General Hospital of Bac Ninh province shared: "After being injected, I feel much more secure”.

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The northern Hai Phong province injected vaccine for medical staff treating Covid-19 patient at Viet Tiep Friendship Hospital, sample takers, contact tracers, epidemiological investigators, those working at quarantine facilities, etc. Photo: VNA

Also on March 11 morning, the northern Hai Phong province injected vaccine for medical staff treating Covid-19 patient at Viet Tiep Friendship Hospital, sample takers, contact tracers, epidemiological investigators, those working at quarantine facilities, etc.

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Photo: VNA

In phase one, Hai Phong arranged 15 vaccination sites including 14 ones in the district and 1 at Viet Tiep Friendship Hospital. Health Centers at Districts are the focal points to carry out the vaccination. After completing the first phase, relevant units draw on experience to continue implementing the next phase more effectively. The city is deploying COVID-19 vaccination in the direction of using the existing expanded inoculation system.

Since the vaccination program kicks off on Monday, 955 prioritized people in Vietnam have been given the AstraZeneca jabs.

Reports of the National Expanded Vaccination Program (TCMR) say 433 more recipients are injected on March 10 – the third day of COVID-19 inoculation. No serious reactions reported post-vaccination in the day. According to TCMR, vaccination safety has always been the first priority throughout the nationwide campaign. All localities have implemented the program in a serious manner.

“There’s a relatively high proportion of injected people experience side effects, such as pain at the injection site, low fever, fatigue”, Dr. Vu Minh Dien, deputy director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told VNE. “These mild reactions are, however, all common after vaccination. So far, there has been no anaphylaxis reported”.

Meanwhile, Khong Minh Tuan, deputy director of the Hanoi Center for Disease Control, estimated that the post-injection response rate was only about 3-5%. The rate was based on the reports of Hanoi’s Thanh Nhan hospital.

Vietnam has ordered 30 million Covid-19 vaccine doses by AstraZeneca, of which around 117,600 doses had arrived last month. The country would also receive an additional 4.1 million AstraZeneca doses via global vaccine access mechanism Covax by April, and another 25.9 million doses between August and November, Vnexpress reported.

Vietnam is also negotiating with other vaccine manufacturers in the U.S., Russia, and some other countries to ensure it could obtain a total of 150 million doses this year to cover 70 percent of its population.

Meanwhile, the country is also having four potential indigenous vaccine candidates on hand, with IVAC ‘s Covivac and Nonogen’s Nanocovax are on the first and second phase of human trials, respectively. The other two have proved effective and safe on animal testing.

The coronavirus tally so far in Vietnam is 2,529, with 486 active cases.

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