Ministry issues Covid-19 vaccine plan

THE Ministry of Health has issued its plan on the use of vaccines against Covid-19 this year.

It asked localities to determine vaccine needs and deploy injection plans based on their real situation, according to the plan, signed by Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Huong Lien.

The ministry estimates that by the end of this year, localities will need more than 2,259 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

The amount can change according to local recommendations.

Under the plan, people receiving the vaccines include those aged over 18 years who need booster doses, people aged between 12 and 18 years who are yet to receive three doses and basic doses for children aged five to 12 years.

As for children under five, the ministry will have detailed instruction based on scientific foundations and the pandemic situation. Vaccines against Covid-19 will still be given for free this year.Funds for the vaccination are from the State budget, the Covid-19 vaccine fund and support from domestic and foreign organisations, individuals and other legal sources.

Existing Covid-19 vaccines will be maximised, especially the ones recommended or included in the list of vaccines for emergency use by the World Health Organisation and those licensed by the health ministry.

The health sector will apply the mixed use of vaccines based on research findings and the experience of Vietnam and other countries to enhance the immune response and guarantee safety, according to the plan. — Vietnam News/ANN

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