Vietnam will organise a rapid vaccination campaign this spring running from January 29 to February 28, said Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at a meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on January 27.
He assigned the Ministry of Health to work out a detailed plan for the campaign, taking into account the availability of vaccines and groups of vulnerable people subject to vaccination.
The Minister of Health will be held responsible if there is a shortage of vaccines, while local authorities will take responsibility if the campaign fails to meet the deadline, said the PM.
Localities will become safer if they compete the third-dose campaign, stressed the PM, adding that most severally ill patients and fatalities are unvaccinated people, especially elderly people with underling medical conditions.
According to Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long, by January 26 the rate of people aged 18 and above getting their first, second, and third doses of the vaccine had reach 100%, 95.7%, and 22.3%, respectively.
Teenagers in the 12 to 17 age group who have already received their first and second doses have now reached rates of 95.2% and 86%, respectively.
During the meeting participants confirmed that the COVID-19 pandemic has basically been controlled nationwide. Indeed, the number of infections has been hovering at around 15,000 per day, with cases in critical condition seeing a sharp reduction.
In addition, the death rate has decreased from 2.4% to 1.2% of total infections each day.
As the outbreak is anticipated to develop in a complicated manner over coming days, especially following the emergence of the Omicron variant. PM Chinh urged competent agencies to closely monitor the situation and quickly come up with appropriate response plans.
The Ministry of Health has proposed the Government purchase 21.9 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged between 5 and 11.
Vietnam’s great efforts in vaccine diplomacy helped obtain commitments for over 100 million vaccine doses in 2021, which allowed it to launch its biggest ever vaccination campaign.