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Vietnam to inoculate all adults with third Covid shot by mid-2022

By Le Nga   December 8, 2021 | 10:54 pm PT
Vietnam to inoculate all adults with third Covid shot by mid-2022
A health worker prepares a Covid-19 vaccine shot in HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Vietnam aims to give all adults their third Covid-19 vaccine shots by mid-2022, the health ministry revealed Wednesday.

Currently, 97 percent of adults have received their first Covid-19 vaccine doses, 70 percent their second, and around 5 million children aged 12-17 their first, said Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen.

In 2022, Vietnam would focus on administering third doses to adults, those who have not had the chance to be vaccinated yet, and children aged 12-17. It would also try secure more vaccine doses to inoculate children aged 5-11.

Starting December, the health ministry has approved the administration of third Covid-19 vaccine shots for high-risk groups, including those with underlying conditions, those aged 50 and above and frontline health staff.

Vietnam has vaccinated around 73.6 million people with at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot. A total 55 million people have received two.

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