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Ho Chi Minh City shortens the gap between two AstraZeneca vaccinations to 6 weeks – VnExpress


Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc agreed with the proposal of the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City to shorten the time gap between two shots of the Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca.

This content was stated by Mr. Duc in an official dispatch to the Department of Health on September 24. Previously, the Department proposed to shorten the time interval between two doses of Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca from 8 to 12 weeks to a minimum of 6 weeks.

Thus, Ho Chi Minh City currently allows people to inject the first dose with AstraZeneca vaccine, will continue to receive the second dose with AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine after a minimum of 6 weeks.

The proposal of the Department of Health made in the context that the Covid-19 epidemic is still complicated in the city, it is necessary to speed up the progress of covering the nose of 2 Covid-19 vaccines for people to enhance protection against the epidemic. sick. Also, according to the instructions for use of the vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca, dose 2 should be given between 4-12 weeks after dose 1.

Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Nguyen Huu Hung said that he will direct vaccination units when administering the second dose of vaccine for the above cases to fully inform and clearly explain the protective effect from time to time. 2nd injection, the safety of the 2nd injection interval so that people know and agree to participate.

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: Quynh Tran

On September 20, the Ministry of Health allowed localities to decide on their own to shorten the interval between 2 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, but must be based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the manufacturer.

AstraZeneca is the first Covid-19 vaccine licensed and used in Vietnam. Currently, the vaccination campaign in Vietnam is using mainly this vaccine. According to the Ministry of Health, the instructions for use of the vaccine manufacturer Astrazeneca, after the first injection, from the 22nd day, the protective effect of the vaccine reached 69.2%; after 2nd injection less than 6 weeks reached 55.1%, after 6-8 weeks reached 59.7% and after 12 weeks reached 80%.

In Vietnam, the Ministry of Health instructs to inject 2 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or vaccines manufactured by Pfizer for people who have received the 1st dose of AstraZeneca vaccine after 8-12 weeks from the date of vaccination.

Le Phuong