Home vaccinations for HCMC residents in high-risk areas

By Huu Cong   August 21, 2021 | 10:58 pm PT
Home vaccinations for HCMC residents in high-risk areas
A mobile vaccination team inoculates Covid-19 vaccine for people living in HCMC's Go Vap District on August 14, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Starting Monday, HCMC will deploy mobile vaccination teams to visit people's homes in "red" and "orange" zones, very high risk and high risk areas for Covid exposure.

The city's Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has issued a document guiding implementation of its vaccination campaign from August 22 to September 6, especially covering the "red" and "orange" zones, which cover Thu Duc City and Districts 8, 12, Go Vap, Binh Tan, Binh Thanh, Binh Chanh and Hoc Mon.

The campaign will have mobile vaccination reach people's homes for inoculation. To do this, teams will organize themselves at a suitable location, inside or near areas under lockdown. From there, medics will visit each house and invite people to get vaccinated.

In apartment complexes, medics will coordinate with the apartment management board to organize locations for inoculation and then invite households on each floor to come down and get the jab.

On home treatment for Covid-19 patients, the municipal Health Department has advised the administration to set out a plan for deploying mobile medical stations.

The department has developed a roadmap for establishing mobile medical stations with the agreement of each locality, divided into two phases. The first phase will see 135 established before August 24 and another 223 established before August 27.

According to the health department, over 5.2 million people in HCMC have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with over 177,000 fully vaccinated.

As of Saturday, the country had vaccinated over 14.8 million people with at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot. More than 1.7 million have been fully vaccinated.

Vietnam has recorded 332,627 cases since the fourth Covid-19 wave began late April.

Epicenter HCMC has recorded 171,801 local cases and 5,939 deaths. The city will tighten its travel restrictions in high-risk areas from Monday while people in safe and low-risk areas would be allowed to go shopping once a week, and the rest should expect task forces to deliver food to their homes.

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