Why is the vaccination rate of Ho Chi Minh City and 3 southern provinces low?

The number of vaccines distributed to Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Long An and Binh Duong accounts for 45% of the total country, but the rate of vaccine use here is still low because it has not been received or stored.

The information was given at a meeting on the progress of Covid-19 vaccination in these four localities, chaired by Deputy Health Minister Do Xuan Tuyen, on the morning of September 6.

According to the report of the Immunization Subcommittee, the Ministry of Health has distributed 30 batches of vaccines with a total of 32.8 million doses to localities and units. Particularly, Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Long An and Binh Duong were allocated nearly 15 million doses (received nearly 13.8 million doses), accounting for 45% of vaccines nationwide. This number of vaccines is enough for Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong and Long An to cover 100% of the first dose for people aged 18 years and over; Dong Nai alone is 80%.

Currently, Ho Chi Minh City has injected more than 6.1 million doses of the vaccine (5.8 million people have received the first dose, the rest have received 2 doses). The rate of vaccine use reached 69.1% compared to the number received and 67.2% compared to the allocated number.

Dong Nai has injected nearly 826,000 doses out of a total of nearly 1.8 million doses allocated (actually received nearly 1.5 million doses), the use rate reached 56.5% compared to the number received and 45.9% compared to the allocated number.

Long An injected 917,000 doses out of a total of more than 1.6 million allocated doses (actually received more than 1.3 million). The utilization rate reached 69% of the amount received and 55.5% of the allocated amount. In which, 100% of people in the “red zone” have been vaccinated.

Binh Duong injected more than one million doses of vaccine, the use rate reached 52.3% compared to the number received and 45.6% compared to the allocated number.

Deputy Health Minister Do Xuan Tuyen. Photo: Nguyen Nhien

Explained The rate of vaccine use in provinces is still low Compared to the amount allocated, a representative of the Preventive Medicine Department (Ministry of Health) said that these places have just received the allocation decision on August 30 (not yet received). The second reason is that the provinces and cities have stored vaccines to ensure enough vaccination for people.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Do Xuan Tuyen said that localities have a master plan but do not have a detailed plan to vaccinate each district. The reporting, data entry is not timely, not fully calculated according to the instructions, so The actual data injected and the number of updates to the system are different. This is the reason why the evaluation of vaccine use results in these localities is still low compared to the requirements.

In fact, through the tally, the total number of vaccines injected in these 4 localities increased to more than 9.8 million doses, nearly a million doses higher than the updated data to the Ministry of Health, reaching 72% of vaccines. has received.

In the past week, localities have accelerated the reception and speed of vaccination. For example, in Binh Duong, on September 5, 1.4 million doses of vaccine were injected, accounting for 77% of the vaccines received. In the next 2-3 days, the province will receive more than 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

Leaders of Binh Duong Department of Health said that in the next two days, they will complete the injection of 750,000 doses of the new Sinopharm vaccine received a few days ago. After that, the province will inject all 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca and Pfizer. Binh Duong prioritizes vaccination for people, striving by September 10, 100% of the population over 18 years old in the province will be vaccinated.

It is expected that in September and the end of the fourth quarter, many vaccines will arrive, especially AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Sinopharm. Deputy Minister Tuyen suggested that 4 localities thoroughly grasp the principle that “the best vaccine is the one that is injected the fastest”. Is there any vaccine that can be injected right away? In addition, localities need to have a detailed plan on vaccination because after September 15, each district will apply different forms of distance, and the form of vaccination will be different.

“I suggest that this detailed plan must be completed before September 10,” Tuyen said, noting that it is necessary to calculate vaccination for pregnant women from 13 weeks or more.

Regarding the receipt of vaccines, the Deputy Minister asked the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City to proactively notify localities within 24 hours of the decision on allocation of the Ministry of Health. Immediately upon receiving this notice, localities must actively contact and organize the receipt of vaccines within 24 hours.

Regarding the idea of ​​​​vaccinating people with Covid-19 who have recovered from the disease, leaders of the Ministry of Health said that they have assigned specialized agencies to research and evaluate for specific instructions. In the immediate future, vaccination is still carried out according to regulations, in which people who have contracted Covid-19 within 6 months are in the group of delayed injections.

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