Da Nang’s mad rush post-Tet COVID-19 vaccinations

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Da Nang’s mad rush post-Tet COVID-19 vaccinations

People wait to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Da Nang, Vietnam after the Lunar New Year holiday, February 10, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

Residents in Da Nang spent Thursday rushing to vaccination sites as fears over COVID-19 transmissions during last week’s Lunar New Year holiday took hold of the city.

Crowding was a common scene at several vaccination sites in Da Nang on Thursday, with queues lasting until the late afternoon and hundreds of people showing up without appointments.

Nguyen Thi Kim Na, whose vaccination appointment was confirmed for Thursday afternoon, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters on site that she had waited for more than an hour but had yet to receive a jab.

Doctors at the city’s vaccination sites said that the number of people flocking to their venues on Thursday was notably higher than that before Tet as many locals had not been vaccinated during previous campaigns.

People wait to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Da Nang City, Vietnam after the Lunar New Year holiday, February 10, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

People wait to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Da Nang, Vietnam after the Lunar New Year holiday, February 10, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

They also noted that many of those who wished to get vaccinated were workers from other provinces who had returned to Da Nang to resume work after the Tet holiday.

Da Nang has been recording an average of about 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, increasing fears of the virus amongst the city’s population.

However, the surge in demand for COVID-19 vaccine jabs led to hours-long lines on Thursday, with hundreds of people being asked to leave and return at a future date.

A health worker checks a man’s medical declaration form during a COVID-19 vaccination session in Da Nang City, Vietnam after the Lunar New Year holiday, February 10, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

A health worker checks a man’s medical declaration form during a COVID-19 vaccination session in Da Nang, Vietnam after the Lunar New Year holiday, February 10, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang has reported more than 40,900 COVID-19 cases since the fourth wave of the coronavirus flared up in Vietnam on April 27, 2021, according to news site VnExpress’ statistics.

More than 961,800 of the city’s nearly 1.2 million people have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, with more than 911,400 of them being jabbed twice, according to the national COVID-19 vaccination portal.

Millions of people around Vietnam moved from urban cities where they work back to their hometowns for family reunions as a tradition during Tet.

Tourist attractions were filled with visitors throughout the nine-day Lunar New Year break after Vietnamese citizens were placed under movement restrictions to stall COVID-19 transmission for months last year.

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