First COVID-19 vaccination drive to be launched in 13 pandemic-hit localities

VOV.VN - Medical workers directly involved in treating COVID-19 patients at 18 medical facilities and prioritised categories of people in 13 pandemic-hit localities will be among the first to be vaccinated throughout March and April, with the COVID-19 epicentre of Hai Duong being given the highest priority.

This comes following Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long signing the COVID-19 vaccination plan for the 2021 to 2022 period on March 6.

The localities include Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Hung Yen, Hoa Binh, Gia Lai, Binh Duong, Dien Bien, and Ha Giang.

The objective of the plan is that 95% of all individuals who are at risk and the community have a sufficient number of doses for the inoculation process.

Moving forward, the vaccinations will be deployed based on actual vaccine supply progress.

In addition to pandemic-hit localities, provinces and cities that have large urban areas, high population densities, industrial zones, and are important traffic hubs, will also be granted priority to be vaccinated.

Ahead in April, the country will receive a further 1.3 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through Covax, a global mechanism for developing, manufacturing, and procuring COVID-19 vaccines and supply for member countries.

The nation has reported a total of 885 community transmissions across 13 cities and provinces since the reccurence of the outbreak on January 27.

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