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In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout

Jasmine Le Jasmine Le

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June 20, 2021 | 14:30

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At 8 a.m., June 19, a total of 500 prioritized workers in FPT Software company, Thu Duc district, were present at the company to wait for their first Covid-19 vaccine. They are among the very first recipients in the biggest coronavirus vaccine rollout in HCMC.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: VNE)

City authorities will deploy 836,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine for this vaccination. The batch is part of the 966,320 doses donated by the Japanese Government, which arrived in Vietnam Wednesday evening.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: VNE)

Prioritized people scan their code for health declaration.

The city plans to deploy 650 infection sites and 200,000 doses per day, aiming at completing the rollout before June 27.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: Tuoi Tre)

Tuan Anh, aged 35, prepares for the injection.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: Tuoi Tre)

Nguyen Van Nien, secretary of HCMC Party Committee, has his body temperature checked before the injection.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: Tuoi Tre)

The ceremony was attended by Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Truong Son (R) and Nguyen Huu Hung, deputy director of the municipal Health Department.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: VNE)

Over 30 healthcare workers from major hospitals across the city showed up early.

Dr. Le Huy Hung (L), from Nguyen Tri Phuong hospital, examines and advises an employee before giving him the shot.

"Pre-injection consultation is very important. It is the basis for doctors to monitor people's health conditions, especially cases with medical history or allergies," Phuong told VNE.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: VNE)

The vaccination area is divided into different parts: screening, data entry, injection, health monitoring. Examination and injection areas are arranged in separate rooms to ensure social distancing.

Each room has five tables positioned nearly 2 meters from one another.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: VNE)

Medical personnel uses the Bristish-Sweden AstraZeneca vaccine for the rollout, with a dose of 0.5 ml per injection. One vial of the vaccine contains 12 doses.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: Tuoi Tre)

The Ministry of Health had earlier urgently allocated most of the batch it got from Japan to HCMC, prioritizing industrial workers, frontline workers and other essential groups.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: VNE)

Tuan Trung, one of the first recipients, said "I have learned about possible post-infection reactions and prepared antipyretic. Tomorrow is Sunday, I can take a rest at home and wait for the symptoms to wear off."

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: VNE)

One injection takes around one minute.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: VNE)

Recipients will stay in the post-injection room for 30 minutes to see if they experience any side effects. Common symptoms after Covid injection includes fever, fatigue, headache and chills.

"I feel quite secure after receiving the vaccine. I hope everyone will be immunized soon so that Vietnam can achieve herd immunity as soon as possible," Phan Vo Thuy Tien, aged 23, said.

In photos: First 500 workers get Covid shots in Ho Chi Minh's biggest vaccine rollout
(Photo: Tuoi Tre)

“This Covid-19 vaccination campaign will be the largest in our history of immunization,” said Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said at a meeting to implement the nationwide Covid-19 inoculation on the afternoon of June 15.

The campaign takes place after Vietnam has successfully negotiated to secure more than 120 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from different sources including AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Russia and Covax Facility, VNE reported.

As of June 15, more than 1.55 million Vietnamese people have been injected with the Covid-19 vaccine. 60,000 people of whom have completed two shots.

To reach herd immunity, Vietnam must vaccinate 70% of its citizens aged 18 and over, equivalent to 150 million doses.

To date, Vietnam has approved four types of Covid-19 vaccines including AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Sinopharm and Pfizer for emergency use.

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Jasmine Le