1.9 million Ho Chi Minh City people over 50 years old need Covid-19 vaccine

According to the Population Department’s statistics, as of June 30, Ho Chi Minh City has 1.9 million people over 50 years old, accounting for about 20% of the total population (9.1 million), in the need of vaccination, but it is not clear how many. who have been injected.

Nguyen Hong Tam, deputy director in charge of the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC), said the above information, at a press conference on epidemic prevention in the area on the afternoon of September 27.

According to Mr. Tam, the first mandatory criterion in the draft guideline Safely adapting, flexibly, effectively controlling the Covid-19 epidemic According to the Ministry of Health, “at least 80% of the population over 50 years old is vaccinated with the full dose of vaccine”. Localities review this age group to receive the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine when eligible, in order to meet this criterion as soon as possible.

At the meeting, Pham Duc Hai, deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, asked the HCDC to clarify the data, including how many of the more than 2.8 million people in the city had received two injections. 50 years old; At the same time, of the 1.9 million people over the age of 50, those who have had two shots. From there, it will calculate the number of people over 50 who need to continue to receive the second dose and how many vaccines the city needs to achieve the goal of completing the vaccination by September 30.

“However, it takes time to get this number, because previously the city only counted the number of people over 65 who had been vaccinated,” Hai said.

As of yesterday, the city has administered a total of 9,625,803 vaccines against Covid-19, including 6,816,113 first shots and 2,809,695 second shots.

People give injections on mobile vaccination trucks in Go Vap district, August 14. Photo: Quynh Tran

On September 25, at an online meeting of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control with localities, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long presented the draft provisional guidelines. Safe adaptation, flexibility, effective control of Covid-19.

Accordingly, three criteria for assessing Covid-19 safety adaptation is that at least 80% of people over 50 years old are vaccinated with a full dose of Covid-19 vaccine; 100% of commune, ward and township (commune) health stations have medical oxygen and 100% of communes have plans to set up mobile medical stations and groups to care for infected people in the community; Provinces and cities have plans to set up Covid-19 collection and treatment facilities in the model of a 3-storey tower; ensure at least 2% of the number of ICU beds out of the total number of cases according to the local epidemic situation forecast at level 4 at the health facilities of the province/city.

Indicators for classifying epidemic levels: Number of new cases in the community/100,000 people/week; Percentage of people over 18 years old who received at least 1 dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Ho Chi Minh City proposes to change some criteria to match the city’s reality. Previously, Chairman of the City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai proposed to the Prime Minister to consider allowing the city to apply its own regulations to be able to open the economy because of some specific conditions. The city also proposed the Prime Minister to prioritize vaccines for Ho Chi Minh City and the southern key economic region to soon reach coverage.

By 6pm on September 26, the city recorded 372,202 cases of Covid-19 announced by the Ministry of Health. On September 26, three indexes decreased, including the number of patients hospitalized during the day (2,805) after a very long time was lower than the number of discharged patients (2,936); the number of critically ill patients requiring mechanical ventilation (1,856); and the number of deaths (122 – the lowest since August 22 to now). About 150,000 F0 with positive rapid test results have not yet been issued a national code by the Ministry of Health.

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