Many universities in Ho Chi Minh City have provided coronavirus vaccination for more than 10,000 students, with priority given to frontline volunteers.
One of the schools is the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, where nearly 3,000 students have registered for their second vaccine shots, said Truong Van Dat, head of the university’s student affairs department.
“Such registration is applied to those students who have got the first jabs at least six weeks before. The school has planned to give the second injections to them from August 13 to 22,” the department head said.
The university has given the first injections to all of its students staying in the city since late June, with priority intended for those who have engaged in COVID-19 frontline activities, Dat added.
To date, more than 4,800 students, including 1,600 frontline volunteers, of the medical school have got their first doses.
The municipal Center for Disease Control has since June coordinated with the university hospital to offer COVID-19 inoculation to students from all universities and colleges participating in epidemic prevention and control efforts. As yet, thousands of such students have been inoculated.
Dr. Ha Thanh Dat, from the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach, said that more than 3,000 students of the school have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, of whom 200 have received two full doses.
At the Ho Chi Minh City University of Industry, the first vaccine shots have been given to 250 students, of whom 180 are boarders while the rest partake in the COVID-19 fight, said university president Phan Hong Hai.
“Our volunteer students are going to receive the second jabs. The school has made a list of 2,500 students who are living in Ho Chi Minh City for vaccination,” the president added.
Meanwhile, 89 boarders of the University of Science have been provided with the first jabs, said Tran Vu, head of the school’s student affairs department.
The Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology also said all 850 students and staff at its dormitory in District 10 have been given the first doses.
Throughout the city, the numbers of people receiving the first and second injections have so far reached more than 3.85 million and 118,000, respectively, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.
Since the pandemic hit the country in early 2020, the city has documented 135,224 COVID-19 cases including 3,582 deaths, while the corresponding figures of the country are 241,543 and 4,487, the ministry reported on Thursday morning.