By the end of March 18 afternoon, an additional 3,492 people were injected with COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total number of vaccinated people to 27,546 nationwide.
There have been a total of 14 cities and provinces throughout the nation conducting COVID-19 vaccinations since the national COVID-19 inoculation campaign was launched on March 8.
On March 18 the northwestern province of Dien Bien administered the first shots of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health workers at its temporary hospital to serve COVID-19 treatment at the medical centre of Dien Bien Phu city.
On the first day of inoculation, 80 of the hospital’s 172 staff members were vaccinated, with every necessary step taken to ensure absolute safety.
Dien Bien province has received 1,900 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Ministry of Health in the first phase.
Meanwhile around 900,000 people from priority groups in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap will be inoculated, according to the provincial People’s Committee.
Dong Thap is scheduled to inject 350 doses delivered by the Health Ministry to staff at the Hong Ngu General Hospital, which is treating COVID-19 patients, from March 23 to 26.
The 11 priority groups in the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign are healthcare workers; those who have joined the COVID-19 fight; diplomats and customs and immigration officers; military personnel; public security forces; teachers; people over 65 years of age; providers of essential goods; people with chronic diseases; those who must work or study abroad; and residents in pandemic-hit areas.
Vietnam started the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign on March 8, using 117,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine imported in late February, and more than 5.6 million doses are set to arrive in March and April.
The country documented no new coronavirus cases on March 19 morning, with the national tally staying at 2,570, including 1,601 locally-infected cases and 969 imported cases.