Vaccinate drivers, delivery people, deputy PM orders

By Anh Minh   August 5, 2021 | 06:52 pm PT
Vaccinate drivers, delivery people, deputy PM orders
A shipper holds a Covid-19 vaccine certificate in Ho Chi Minh City on August 2, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
The Ministry of Health should prioritize drivers and delivery people for vaccination to ensure safe and uninterrupted flow of essential goods, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has said.

His instructions follow repeated pleas by e-commerce companies and manufacturers to quickly vaccinate shippers to meet the rising demand for delivery since in major cities people are forced to stay at home due to Covid-19 outbreaks.

On August 2 hundreds of delivery people were vaccinated in Ho Chi Minh City.

Even otherwise delivery companies have reported major difficulties amid social distancing, with authorities only providing vague definitions of "essential goods" and the delay in vaccination discouraging shippers from working.

HCMC allows the latter to operate but only within a district. Hanoi has refused to allow ride-hailing companies such as Grab, Be and Gojek to operate.

Over eight million people have been vaccinated but only 820,000 have received two doses.

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