18 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have not been injected – VnExpress

The Ministry of Health has allocated 116 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to localities and units to deploy vaccination, but there are still about 18 million doses that have not been used.

The information was stated by the Ministry of Health in an official dispatch requesting provinces and cities to speed up the progress of vaccination against Covid-19 on November 14. In the North, there are still more than 5.2 million doses, 8.2 million in the South. In which, the provinces and cities that still have many vaccines are Hanoi – 760,000 doses; Thanh Hoa – 639,000 doses; Nghe An – 910,000 doses; HCMC – 506,000 doses; An Giang – 1.2 million.

The Ministry of Health requires localities to accelerate vaccination to achieve coverage of 1st dose for 100% of the population aged 18 years and over (priority is given to people aged 50 years and older, people with underlying diseases) and to vaccinate against the disease. 2 for those who have had one shot enough time.

“This is an important and urgent task,” the Ministry of Health stated and asked in November that if a locality does not ensure the vaccine coverage rate, it must be responsible.

The ministry also suggested localities to actively review the situation of vaccine use, synthesize and report on the number of vaccines supplied from the Ministry of Health and from other sources (sources directly donated by businesses to the locality. ..), the number of vaccines in stock and clearly report the reason for the backlog.

In case the locality does not use it in time or has no need to use the issued vaccine, it must report it to the Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, the Pasteur Institute to coordinate and ensure effective use of the vaccine.

Two days after the Ministry of Health’s urging document, on the afternoon of November 16, the National Immunization Portal recorded an increase in the number of vaccines injected by provinces. Hanoi only has more than 200,000 doses left, Ho Chi Minh City has 300,000 doses, Thanh Hoa has about 100,000 doses, An Giang has 500,000 doses left…

Get vaccinated against Covid-19 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quynh Tran

In the past time, the Ministry of Health has sent many dispatches to request localities to urgently speed up the vaccination schedule. In fact, the rate of vaccination nationwide has increased sharply in recent months, with a daily capacity of about one million doses, peaking on November 5 to more than two million doses. By November 16, more than 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had been administered in Vietnam, of which nearly 36 million doses were the second dose.

Long An is the first locality to complete the second injection for 100% of the adult population. Khanh Hoa has the second highest rate of second-line vaccination in the country, with 96% of the population. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City both cover more than 80% of the adult population.

Currently, there are 17 provinces and cities that are implementing vaccination for children 12-17 years old, including Ninh Binh, Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Dien Bien, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Tay Ninh, Soc Trang, An Giang, Vinh Long, Binh Duong, Kien Giang, Ca Mau, Hau Giang. These localities have injected 1,420,391 doses (the coverage rate of at least 1 dose of vaccine is 15.5% of the population 12-17 years old).

The Ministry of Health also asked localities to propose the need for vaccines from now until the end of the year to cover enough noses for all people aged 18 years and older, children 12-17 years old and the need for vaccines in 2022. On November 20, a locality that does not have a proposal is understood as having no need, and the Ministry of Health will not grant it. The Department of Health is responsible to the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee, the City Party Committee and the people for not having enough vaccines for vaccination due to no proposal.

Reporting to the National Assembly on November 8, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said that so far, Vietnam has an agreement to order nearly 200 million doses – ensuring adequate injection for the population (from 18 years old) by the end of this year. ; at the same time, deploying the plan of three injections by the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022.

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