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Nearly 38.000 Vietnamese receive Covid-19 vaccine, more 3 provinces launch inoculation campaign this week

March 24, 2021 | 14:53

As of March 23, more 1.829 people in Vietnam were administered the Covid-19 vaccine, raising the tally of recipients to 37.911. Three provinces of Quang Ninh, Tay Ninh and Dong Thap are expected to launch the inoculation campaign this week.

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As of March 23, more 1.829 people in Vietnam were administered the Covid-19 vaccine, raising the tally of recipients to 37.911, according to the National Expanded Program on Immunization.

The prioritized groups receiving the vaccine are medical workers directly treating Covid-19 patients, those involve in taking samples, testing, contact tracing, members of Covid-19 community groups, and members of the Steering Committees for disease prevention and control.

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A medical worker at the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases receives a Covid-19 vaccine shot by AstraZeneca. Photo: VnExpress.

The vaccine has been given to 17.248 people in Hai Duong, Hanoi (6.827), Hung Yen (2.665), Bac Ninh (2.653), Bac Giang (2.941), Hai Phong (472), HCMC (926), Gia Lai (670), Long An (204), Danang (117), Hoa Binh (887), Ha Giang (217), Dien Bien (391), Ba Ria-Vung Tau (87), Khanh Hoa (105), Binh Duong (1.228), Vneconomy reported.

Three provinces of Quang Ninh, Tay Ninh and Dong Thap are expected to launch the vaccination campaign this week.

Between March 24 and 28, the Ministry of Health will send groups to the provinces and cities of Quang Ninh, Hai Duong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Tay Ninh to inspect the work on epidemic prevention and vaccination rollout.

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A medical staff in Gia Lai Province gets his first dose of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: VnExpress.

Vietnam on March 23 gave emergency use authorization (EUA) for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, making it the second greenlighted Covid-19 vaccine in the country.

MOH greenlighted Sputnik V based on its safety, quality and effectiveness data provided by the Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals (Polyvac) as of February 25.

Vietnam logged one imported case of COVID-19 in the past 12 hours to 6 pm of March 23, bringing the national tally to 2,576, according to the Ministry of Health.

The patient, a 25-year-old man, had been quarantined since his arrival at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport on March 9. He is being treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Of the total patients, 1,601 were locally transmitted cases, including 908 since January 27.

On the same day, 12 patients were given the all-clear, raising the total number of recoveries to date to 2,246.

Among the patients still under treatment, 42 have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, 29 twice and 66 thrice. The death toll remains at 35.

Currently, 37,754 people are being quarantined nationwide, including 490 at hospitals, 18,620 at concentrated quarantine facilities and 18,644 at their accommodations.

The Ministry of Health advised people to continue preventive measures, including the “5K message” - Khau trang (face mask) - Khu khuan (disinfection) - Khoang cach (distance) - Khong tu tap (no gathering) – Khai bao y te (health declaration).

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