Vietnam completes first dose of COVID-19 vaccine for adults

Thursday, 13/01/2022 17:32
Vietnam has completed the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for all its population aged 18 or more, after 10 months of implementing the vaccination campaign, according to information from the Ministry of Health.

Prime Minister requests accelerated vaccination and increased measures against COVID-19

Vaccination for pregnant women at Thanh Nhan Hospital, Hanoi, September 2021 (Photo: VnExpress)

As of January 12, the country injected a total of 163.5 million doses of vaccine, including 78.4 million for the first dose; 71.5 million for the second dose; and 13.6 million for the third dose.

93% of the population nationwide has been fully vaccinated, with the second dose.

According to the COVID-19 Immunization Portal, 51 provinces and cities cover the full dose for more than 90% of the adult population. The rest of the provinces all achieved the coverage rate of the second dose reaching over 80%.

Vietnam has injected 14 million doses of vaccine to children under 18 years old, including 8 million for the first dose; 6 million for the second dose. Ninety percent of children aged 12-17 received the first dose and 68% received the second dose. Additionally, 33 provinces and cities have completed two doses for children.

To date, Vietnam has received 206 million doses of vaccine, including 60 million doses of AstraZeneca; 88 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna; 51 million doses of Sinopharm; 5 million doses of Abdala; and 1.5 million doses of Sputnik V.

Of which, 103 million doses were purchased using the State budget, the rest came from aid from the COVAX Facility, businesses and foreign countries.

Vietnam started the COVID-19 vaccination campaign on March 8, with the goal of covering 70% of the adult population in 2021, equivalent to 50 million people. So far, the vaccination campaign has achieved results that exceed the initial plans.

In recent Government meetings, the Prime Minister asked for completion of vaccination for people aged 12-17 in January and the third dose for adults aged 18 or more in the first quarter of this year.

At a Government meeting with localities on January 5, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said that from a very low vaccination rate, Vietnam rose to one of the six countries with the highest vaccine coverage rate in the world./.

Compiled by BTA