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At the conference, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Health Vu Cao Cuong reported that the COVID-19 pandemic situation is well controlled in the capital. As of August 10, Hanoi has recorded 1,615,049 cases of COVID-19 and 112 days without recorded deaths due to COVID-19 (since April 19, 2022); gene sequencing has been performed on 318 test samples, mainly BA.2 strains have been recorded, but sub-variants of Omicron BA.4, BA.5 have appeared. Currently, there are 3,374 cases being managed and monitored, of which 118 are at the hospital, the rest are managed and treated at home.
Regarding COVID-19 vaccination, as of August 10, the city has received and distributed 17,501,993 doses of vaccine, of which 17,151,232 doses have been used and vaccinations continue as directed by the Government and the Ministry of Health. Over the past time, the city has firmly directed the vaccination, but the progress is slow due to the low response of the people.
The city continues to increase the speed of vaccination for children from 5 to under 12 years old to ensure completion in August 2022, completing the 3rd and 4th doses for people aged 18 and over as soon as possible and speeding up the 3rd dose injection for people from 12 years old to under 18 years old according to the guidance of the Ministry of Health.
Speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Chu Xuan Dung highly appreciated the involvement of localities over the past time, due to which the COVID-19 pandemic situation has been well controlled.
He said that the COVID-19 pandemic is on the rise with new strains entering Vietnam. However, the vaccination against COVID-19 pandemic for people, especially those aged from 5 to under 12 years old, has not achieved results as expected.
Emphasizing the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 pandemic in the current context, the Vice Chairman said that on August 9, Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Tran Sy Thanh signed Official Dispatch No.03/CD-UBND on strengthening COVID-19 vaccination.
He emphasized that this is a key task that localities and units must implement seriously and drastically. In particular, it is necessary to strengthen communication work so that people understand the effects of vaccination and be aware of the responsibility of being vaccinated.
Mr. Dung asked the Department of Education and Training to urgently mobilize and provide vaccination to teachers first, then teachers persuade students’ parents to understand the effects of vaccination for students so that they will be safe when returning to school in the new school year./.