The first 17 Vietnamese athletes and coaches have received the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on March 30 in Hanoi, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Coaches, sports experts, and athletes who are set to compete in the taekwondo, judo, and wrestling events at the Tokyo Olympic were the first ones receive the shots.
Earlier, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee Nguyen Ngoc Thien sent an official letter to the Prime Minister and the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control, requesting priority vaccinations for the athletes.
Accordingly, there will be about 20 athletes injected per day. The first group will be 180 athletes and coaches who are going to compete in the Olympic qualifiers.
Members of the national football team who will head to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to complete their remaining qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup 2022 are also among the first to get the vaccine shot.
Meanwhile the other 192 will be in the second batch later on. Players from Viettel FC, Hanoi FC, and Saigon FC which will compete in the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, are among the members of this group.By An Nhien