Government allows people to mix Covid jabs

By Le Nga   September 8, 2021 | 07:44 pm PT
Government allows people to mix Covid jabs
A health worker gives a woman a Covid-19 vaccine shot in HCMC's Thu Duc City, August 15, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen
The Ministry of Health has given the green light for switching between the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines based on availability, saying it has been done in many other countries.

In its announcement Wednesday it said further if the first shot was a AstraZeneca vaccine, the second could be a Pfizer or Moderna shot.

Both Moderna and Pfizer utilize mRNA to elicit an immune response.

Due to a shortage, several countries have looked into mixing Covid vaccines.

Vietnam first allowed AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines to be mixed in July.

Ho Chi Minh City, epicenter of the fourth coronavirus wave, has let many people who first got a Moderna vaccine to switch to Pfizer as the supply of the former has run out.

Vietnam has vaccinated over 23.5 million people, with 3.7 million getting two shots.

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