Nearly 1,600 people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Vietnam

VOV.VN - As many as 1,585 Vietnamese people in nine cities and provinces have been given AstraZeneca vaccine shots against COVID-19 since the national vaccination campaign was launched on March 8.

According to the National Expanded Immunization Programme, Ho Chi Minh City has recorded the highest number of vaccinated people, 474.  

Hai Duong, the epicenter of the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak, has recorded the highest, 293.

It is followed by Hai Duong (293), Gia Lai (200), Bac Giang (187), Hanoi capital (163), Bac Ninh (108), Hung Yen (69), Hai Phong (61), and Long An (30).

Those vaccinated people have shown common side-effects such as tenderness, joint pain or muscle ache, warmth, itching or bruising, fatigue, a headache, and feeling sick.

Currently, Vietnam is using the AstraZeneca vaccine imported in late February 2021. Due to limited supplies, frontline healthcare workers and people in high-risk areas are to receive shots first. When vaccine deliveries are to increase in the coming weeks, more people will get jabs.

Vietnam is expected to get 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine this year, including more than 5.4 million doses scheduled to arrive in March and April 2021.

The Ministry of Health is negotiating to purchase a further 30 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine for this year. It is also considering licensing other COVID-19 vaccines such as Moderna of the United States and Generium of Russia.

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