City to start inoculation of additional 930,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses

Wednesday, 2021-07-21 12:24:21
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A medical worker gives COVID-19 vaccine shot to a man in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: NDO/Manh Hao)
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NDO/VNA – Ho Chi Minh City will begin the fifth phase of its COVID-19 vaccination drive on July 22, with 930,000 doses to be administered, according to the municipal Department of Health.

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It will be carried out at 20 hospitals, alongside 615 commune- and ward-based vaccination sites. The fifth phase is scheduled to complete in two weeks.

During this phase, priority will be given to people with underlying health conditions, those aged above 65, preferential social policy and welfare beneficiaries, the poor, the vulnerable, medical and other frontline workers.

The city has so far received two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the Ministry of Health. The ministry plans to supply three million more doses to the city in late August and early September, raising the total doses sent to the city to five million.

As of July 21 morning, the city has reported 39,526 infection cases since the fourth wave hit Vietnam in late April, making it the country’s largest hotspot.

More than 3,600 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals as of July 20, according to the city’s Department of Health.