HCMC to vaccinate 700,000 children against Covid-19

By Le Phuong   October 15, 2021 | 05:13 am PT
HCMC to vaccinate 700,000 children against Covid-19
Students attending a high school entrance exam in HCMC, July 16, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Around 700,000 children aged 12-17 years in HCMC would be vaccinated against Covid-19, the municipal Health Department said Friday.

It said a plan to carry out the vaccinations will be sent to the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee soon.

As of Friday, some districts had compiled their listing of children aged 12 and above, and were ready to begin vaccination once the plan is approved. The health department did not announce a date for the vaccinations to begin.

The Ministry of Health has approved the administration of Covid-19 vaccines for the 12-17 age group, with priority given to the 16 and 17 year olds.

Two doses of the same vaccine will have to be used in the vaccination for which parents or other legal guardians must sign their consent.

The ministry has not specified the Covid-19 vaccine or vaccines to be used. So far, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this particular age range.

Vietnam has vaccinated around 40.7 million adults with at least one Covid-19 vaccine shots. Around 16.8 million people have been fully vaccinated.

Children under 18 account for around 17 percent of all Covid-19 infections in Vietnam, according to data from the health ministry.

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