Nearly 800,000 people have received the 3rd dose vaccine – VnExpress

783,757 doses of the 3rd dose vaccine have been given to people aged 18 and over in 29 provinces and cities, of which the South has injected the most, as of December 25.

According to the Ministry of Health, as of December 25, the South has injected more than 525,000 doses of the third dose, the North has injected more than 232,000 doses, the Central region has more than 16,000 doses, while in the Central Highlands only Gia Lai has injected 115 doses. The provinces and cities with repeated injections include Hanoi, Ha Tinh, Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Tre, Tay Ninh…

The Ministry of Health on December 17 allowed a booster dose for people aged 18 years or older who have had enough of the basic dose, ensuring coverage for all people with underlying medical conditions who need care; or additional doses for people aged 50 years or older who directly test, care for and treat Covid-19 patients, medical staff. The interval between booster doses is reduced to 3 months, instead of 6 months after the last dose of the basic dose (second dose) as before.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Truong Son said that the interval between the 3rd injection after the second injection was shortened from 6 months to 3 months in order to strengthen antibodies to fight the spread of the Omicron variant.

In addition, some provinces are injecting additional doses for people, but the number is small, as of December 25, the whole country injected about 377,000 additional doses.

People in Hanoi check their blood pressure before injecting the Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: Giang Huy

According to the Ministry of Health, from March to the end of December 24, Vietnam received 183.1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine. The Ministry of Health has distributed 110 batches with a total of 166.8 million doses, about 16.3 million new doses are received, are carrying out procedures for quality control and vaccine release.

By the end of December 25, the country had injected about 145 million doses, the use rate reached 87% of the allocated vaccines. Localities and units are making efforts to vaccinate to achieve coverage of the first dose for people of the designated age to be vaccinated, return the second dose to those who have had one dose for enough time, and begin to administer the booster dose. supplement, repeat dose.

The number of injections for people aged 18 years and over is 133.4 million doses, of which 69.5 million doses are given; 61.6 million second shots. The coverage rate of at least one dose of vaccine is 98.6% and the rate of fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine is 87.3% of the population aged 18 years and older.

Regarding immunization for children 12-17 years old, the provinces and cities have administered 11 million doses, of which 7.3 million first and 3.7 million second doses. Coverage of at least one dose is 80% and coverage of two doses is 41% of the population 12-17 years of age. The provinces and cities that have basically covered two doses of vaccine for this age group are Ha Nam, Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Tien Giang, Tay Ninh, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, and Binh Duong. , Bac Lieu, Hau Giang.

The basic dose is vaccine injection according to the prescribed course of the manufacturer. Vietnam is injecting mainly vaccines with two doses (usually called first and second shots), such as vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm, Sputnik…, each dose is given 3-6 weeks apart. depending on type. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is a single dose course; Cuba’s vaccine course of 3 injections.

According to the new guidelines of the Ministry of Health, people who inject vaccines from Sinopharm and Sputnik must receive an additional injection to see the full basic dose.

Additional dose is the dose given at least 28 days after the last dose of the basal dose.

Repeat dose, also called a booster dose, given at least 3 months after the last dose of the basic or supplemental dose.

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