HCM City plans a COVID-19 booster shot for high-risk group

VOV.VN - The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has planned to give a COVID-19 booster shot to people at a high risk of virus infection and frontline forces.

Under a proposal to the municipal administration, a booster shot will be given to people with underlying illnesses, the elderly and obese people. People of frontline forces will also receive a booster shot.

This is a booster shot for those who have received two shots after six months to a year, said Dr. Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, deputy director of the HCM City Department of Health.

In the last two months of 2021 the city is scheduled to complete vaccinations for people aged 18 and above, and continue to vaccinate children aged 12 to 17. A booster shot will be also given to people of a high-risk group and frontline forces.

In 2022 the city is set to deploy vaccinations for children aged 3 and older, and at the same time, inoculate people with a booster shot.

So far more than 7 million people in the city have been vaccinated with the first dose and roughly 6 million with the second injection.

Currently, the city is carrying out a vaccination campaign for children aged 12 to 17 in all 22 districts and Thu Duc city.

“Vaccination is a primary, long-term strategy to ensure every citizen will be fully inoculated against COVID-19,” said Dr. Chau.

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