PSNews - An additional 1,840 people were vaccinated against the disease on March 31, raising the total to 48,256, with no serious side-effects reported.
According to the National Expanded Programme on Immunisation, an additional 1,840 people were vaccinated against the disease on March 31, raising the total to 48,256.
|More than 48,000 Vietnamese get COVID-19 vaccine with no serious side-effects
The first to be inoculated are those on the frontline against the pandemic – doctors, nurses directly treating COVID-19 patients, medical workers who collect clinical samples and test for COVID-19, contact tracers, and members of community anti-COVID-19 groups.
Vietnam has begun to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination campaign starting on March 8, using doses from the first batch of 117,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca that arrived in the country on February 24. The COVID-19 vaccination program was carried out in 19 provinces and cities in the first phase.
Initial reports from the vaccination sites indicate no serious post-injection reactions. According to the Ministry of Health, several cases of anaphylaxis have been reported and they have all been handled promptly.
Vietnam expects to get 60 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses this year, half purchased and the other half from COVAX. The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX initiative to Vietnam arrived in Hanoi on April 1, with a batch of more 800,000 AstraZeneca vaccines.
Besides AstraZeneca, on March 23, the country approved the Sputnik V vaccine of Russia for use. The health ministry and vaccine suppliers, pharmacy firms have been working with other vaccine producers including Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Indian firms and those from other countries on vaccine supplies.
Vietnam also expects to see the completion of the third phase trial of its homegrown COVID-19 vaccine – Nanovax in late September.
By Thien Minh