Ho Chi Minh City needs 5.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine in August

It is expected that in August, Ho Chi Minh City needs 4.5 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for the first dose and one million doses for the second dose.

This content is mentioned in the document sent to Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, signed by Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc, dated 3/8. Accordingly, the city needs to inject two doses of AstraZeneca for 800,000 people who have had the first injection between 8 and 12 weeks; 2 injections of Moderna for 200,000 people who have received the first dose for 4 weeks.

To achieve the goal of injecting 7 million people aged 18 and over in the city, Ho Chi Minh City proposed to be granted 5.5 million doses of the vaccine from August 5 and on a continuous schedule until August 31. During this time, the city needs an average of 210,000 doses of vaccine per day.

Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam on August 3 also sent an official dispatch to the units about Instructions for injecting two doses of vaccine. Accordingly, the person who has received the first dose with any vaccine is best given the second dose with that vaccine. In the case of limited vaccine resources, a second dose of Pfizer vaccine can be administered to a person who has received one dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, if agreed by the vaccinated person, the interval between two injections is 8-12 weeks.

Do not use Moderna vaccine or another vaccine for the second dose of AstraZeneca in a person who has received the first dose of AstraZeneca. Those who received the first dose with Sinopharm, Pfizer, and Moderna vaccines, the second dose only received the same vaccine. Spacing between two injections according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

According to the Center for Disease Control of Ho Chi Minh City, up to now, the city is the locality receiving the most vaccines in the country with more than 4 million doses, including the amount of vaccine delivered to hospitals, central units in the area. with the distribution rate on the population aged 18 years and over reaching 29%. On the evening of August 3, the Ministry of Health allocated a total of nearly 980,000 doses of vaccine to Ho Chi Minh City.

The city has basically completed the 5th injection campaign with 930,000 doses of vaccines including AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and started the 6th injection campaign from August 3. One million doses of Sinopharm’s Vero cell to Ho Chi Minh City are being evaluated by the Ministry of Health.

As of August 3, about 1.95 million people in Ho Chi Minh City had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 70,000 had received two doses of the vaccine. The city organizes 1,200 injection teams, one that can inject 250 people per day. Thus, the whole city can reach a capacity of injecting 300,000 people, increasing to 350,000 people a day.

Mobile Covid-19 vaccine injection in Thu Duc City, August 1. Photo: Quynh Tran.

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