Vietnam to soon purchase COVID-19 vaccines for kids aged 5-11
The Prime Minister has assigned the Ministry of Health (MoH) to immediately carry out necessary procedures to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11.
The PM made the request in a document released by the Government Office on January 1, 2022.
He asked the MoH to make a review and regular update of vaccines to promptly adopt appropriate solutions to ensure sufficient vaccines for people of all ages, including children aged 5 to 11.
According to MoH Deputy Minister Do Xuan Tuyen, the MoH is consulting with professional agencies and the World Health Organization on immunization for children aged 5-11.
It is negotiating with vaccine manufacturers and suppliers to access sources of the COVID-19 vaccines for children of this age group after receiving guidance from the World Health Organization.
Vietnam has basically completed the first and second dose injection for adults, and is beginning the third dose inoculation nationwide. It is implementing a vaccination campaign for children aged 12-17 nationwide.
The country has so far received approximately 200 million doses of vaccines of different brands such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Vero Cell, Sputnik V, Abdala from purchase contracts and donations.