Hanoi to open Covid-19 vaccination for children above three as Vietnam reports 3,034 new cases on Tuesday (Oct 19)


HANOI, Oct 19 (Vietnam News/ANN): Vietnam capital Hanoi has started reviewing and making lists for vaccinations of children aged three and above.

However, many parents are expressing concerns on whether or not the registration is mandatory.

Addressing these questions, Tran Thi Nhi Ha, Director of Hano Department of Health, said the Ministry of Health (MoH) was planning to inoculate children against Covid-19, however there are not yet detailed guidelines on the age range, types of vaccines, and timeline.

For Hanoi although age three is still in the vaccination age, the city cannot inoculate children of three years old just yet and will deploy the possible vaccination programme for those aged 12 to 17 first, according to the Director of Hanoi Department of Health.

“That is possibly the case, as there is yet to be a specific guideline from the MoH. But in the immediate future, the MoH’s direction is to inoculate children age 12 and older,” Hà said.

“Vaccination always requires prescription and consent from the vaccinated. For children, it depends on the commitment and consent from their guardians, and thus parents can decide whether or not their children will get the jab,” said Hà.

According to Khong Minh Tuan, Deputy Director of Hanoi Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the child vaccination programme is expected to be deployed with ease, as there are fewer than one million children aged 12 to 17 in the city.

Vaccination sites will be at schools or at each locality, depending on whether students have come back to school or not.

“Everything is ready for the child vaccination programme. The thing is we don't know when the vaccine supply will arrive and which types will be given to children,” said Tuan.

Meanwhile, Vietnam reported 3,034 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (Oct 19), including 3,027 locally transmitted and seven imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 907 in Ho Chi Minh City, 500 in Binh Duong province and 371 in Dong Nai province.

The new infections brought the country's total tally to 870,255, with 21,344 deaths, the ministry said.

Nationwide, 794,846 COVID-19 patients have so far recovered, while nearly 65 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered, according to the ministry.

As of Tuesday, Vietnam has registered a total of 865,558 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said. - Vietnam News/ANN

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