Hanoi’s vaccination drive eyes over 95% of children aged 12 - 17

Monday, 2021-11-01 18:21:32
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Hanoi plans to vaccinate more than 95% of children aged 12 - 17 against COVID-19. (Illustrative image/Source: HCDC)
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NDO/VNA – Hanoi aims to have over 95 percent of local children aged 12 - 17 fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

The campaign is set to be carried out from Q4 this year, according to a plan issued by the municipal People’s Committee.

Those aged 16 - 17 will get the shots first while the younger later.

The inoculation progress will also depend on the vaccine supply and the local pandemic situation, the plan said, elaborating that when the supply is insufficient, vaccines will be prioritised for the areas with new infections, high population density, many crowded places and schools, and economic vibrancy. Those adjacent to provinces with a complex COVID-19 situation or home to concentrated quarantine sites will also receive vaccines first.

The vaccination will be conducted simultaneously across the city, the plan noted.

As of November 1 morning, more than 10.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been allocated to Hanoi, of which 9.82 million doses were already administered to 6.07 million people aged 18 and above.

Meanwhile, the municipal administration has decided that from November 8, schools will be reopened for students of the 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, and 12th grades in communes, wards, and towns of the 18 outlying districts which are at Pandemic Level 1 or 2 and stay free of COVID-19 community infections in 14 days prior to November 8.

Students of other grades are to continue with online learning, but teaching and learning activities for kindergarten children remain suspended.

The People’s Committee requested that schools comply with anti-pandemic requirements and teachers who have yet to be fully vaccinated only teach online.