Vietnam pushes for greater Covid-19 vaccination coverage

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July 4, 2022

HA NỘI — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính has urged the Ministry of Health and local authorities to expedite the administration of the third and fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 12 and over.

The Prime Minister’s Office sent a document on Saturday detailing its advice on the matter, as infections of the BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron have been detected in Việt Nam.

The prime minister urged the health ministry and authorities to strictly abide by government resolutions and documents on COVID-19 prevention and control, which were issued earlier this year.

He instructed Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam to continue leading the Ministry of Health and authorities in 63 cities and provinces to prevent the spread of the virus, including accelerating the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to achieve the goals. identified by the government.

He asked the Ministry of Health to increase efforts to help localities administer the third and fourth doses of the vaccine to people from the age of 12 and to ensure that children from the age of five receive two doses.

Authorities in cities and provinces across the country should work closely with the ministry to accomplish these tasks and ensure that there are enough medical equipment and medicines available to provide care to people when needed, a- he declared.

He also instructed the Ministry of Information and Communication to collaborate with the Ministry of Health and other communication agencies, providing information to people about the situation of the pandemic and the BA.5 sub-variant. , and encouraging them to get vaccinated and continue to fight the pandemic. .

Following the Prime Minister’s directives, the Ministry of Health on Saturday sent an urgent official document to nine ministries, requesting their collaboration in carrying out the tasks assigned by the government.

These are the Ministries of Defence, Public Security, Education, Industry and Commerce, Transport, Culture, Labour, Construction, Planning and Investment.

The Ministry of Health has instructed these relevant government agencies to encourage their officials and staff to get vaccinated as instructed by health authorities.

They should guide units under their jurisdiction to liaise with local health facilities to obtain the vaccines and launch a campaign to promote administration of the third and fourth doses during the first week of July, he said. declared.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health show that 52.8% of COVID-19 deaths in the country were unvaccinated, 29.8% had received only one or two doses and only 7.3% had received three doses.

Research has also shown that the number of antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, particularly against the Omicron variant, drops significantly after 15 weeks after receiving the third dose. This means that getting the fourth dose is essential to prevent COVID-19 infections, especially for the general population over the age of 50, people aged 18 and over with compromised immune systems, and workers. front line. VNS

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