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HCM City adds more than 666,000 doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines


Ho Chi Minh City received more than 620,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 46,000 doses of AstraZeneca distributed by the Ministry of Health, expected to be delivered to districts today.

Five days ago, Ho Chi Minh City was also allocated 500,000 doses of Vero Cell vaccine by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (Hanoi). These vaccines are pending validation.

On September 20, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health proposed that the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology allocate more than 6 million doses of vaccines of all types to inject people by the end of October. The goal is to soon complete coverage of the second dose for more than 7 people. ,2 million people over 18 years old in the city.

The city expects vaccine demand from September 20 to October 31 to be about 472,000 doses for the first dose. The number of vaccines for the second injection is nearly 5.6 million doses, including: more than 4.9 million doses of AstraZeneca or Pfizer for injection for those who have received 1st dose of AstraZeneca for 8-12 weeks and 624,000 doses of Vero Cell for those who have received 1st dose for 3 weeks.

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

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC), the city will gradually ease economic activities according to the roadmap, on the basis of controlling epidemiological risks and the level of protection of the people, including: vaccination progress and safety of the health system in each specific period and location. The roadmaps have also been determined, including the period from October 1 to October 31, the period from November 1 to January 15, 2022 and the period after January 15, 2022.

As of September 22, the number of people in Ho Chi Minh City who received the first dose of vaccine was 6,780,069 (94.1% of the population from 18 years old), the second dose was 2,202,207 people (the rate was 30.5%. ).

According to the HCDC, the city will continue its vaccination campaign, ensuring the first dose is given to all people over 18 years old, and the second dose is given to all people who get the first dose, giving priority to the people who are at high risk. Along with that, the city is working on a plan to vaccinate children and children at high risk such as having underlying diseases and obesity.

People over 18 years old who have not been vaccinated with the first dose of vaccine can send a message to the 8066 switchboard with the syntax MUI1 HoTen NamSinh QuanHuyen to register. The registration list will be emailed with a frequency of once an hour to the People’s Committees of districts and Thu Duc city to organize injections as planned.

The health sector recommends that people after vaccination, need to continue to prevent disease according to the 5K message to protect themselves and the community from the pandemic.

Le Phuong