JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnam begins COVID-19 vaccinations in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Duong

Monday, March 08, 2021, 15:00 GMT+7
Vietnam begins COVID-19 vaccinations in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Duong
A health worker receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, March 8, 2021. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam started providing COVID-19 vaccinations to health workers in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and northern Hai Duong Province on Monday morning.

A decision signed by Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong on Saturday showed that the 117,600 COVID-19 vaccine doses that Vietnam currently has would be distributed to 13 provinces and cities, 21 hospitals and medical centers, as well as the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of National Defense.

The process began on Monday morning at four locations in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hai Duong Province.

Ho Chi Minh City

COVID-19 vaccine doses are brought to the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases by the Vietnam Vaccine JSC on March 8, 2021. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

COVID-19 vaccine doses are brought to the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases by the Vietnam Vaccine JSC on March 8, 2021. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases was the first unit in southern Vietnam where vaccinations took place, with 900 doses allocated to it.

The vaccine shots were brought to the hospital by employees of the Vietnam Vaccine JSC – the vaccine importer – at around 7:10 am.

Preparations and examinations were completed at around 8:30 am, before the jabs were given to health workers at the hospital.

COVID-19 vaccine doses are brought to the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases by the Vietnam Vaccine JSC on March 8, 2021. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

COVID-19 vaccine doses are brought to the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases by the Vietnam Vaccine JSC on March 8, 2021. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Female health workers were the first to receive the vaccination as the activity took place on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Dr. Du Le Thanh Xuan, 28, who works at the institution's intensive care unit, was selected as the first person to get vaccinated.

Xuan and her colleague and fiancé – Dr. Nguyen Van Thanh – have had to repeatedly postpone their wedding to focus on COVID-19 prevention and control efforts.

“I feel nervous and surprised," Xuan stated.

"My contribution is still very little compared to my co-workers.”

A health worker prepares for COVID-19 vaccination at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, March 8, 2021. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A health worker prepares for COVID-19 vaccination at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, March 8, 2021. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Hai Duong

Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen vaccinates an employee of the medical center in Hai Duong City, Hai Duong Province, Vietnam, March 8, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen vaccinates an employee of the medical center in Hai Duong City, Hai Duong Province, Vietnam, March 8, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The Hai Duong Department of Health has selected the medical centers in Hai Duong City and Kim Thanh District as the two locations where COVID-19 vaccinations would take place on Monday.

The process will be carried out in the remaining 10 districts, cities, and towns on the following day.

Prioritized individuals include health workers in charge of treating COVID-19 patients and performing COVID-19 tests, employees at quarantine facilities, those working at COVID-19 checkpoints and in charge of epidemiological investigations, and police and military officers, among others.

A health worker holds a bottle of COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam, March 8, 2021. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

A health worker holds a vial of COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam, March 8, 2021. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Dieu Thuy, 21, member of the Hai Duong Communist Youth Union, said she was very happy to be among the first people to get inoculated in the province, which is the country's coronavirus epicenter at the moment.

Thuy and other members of the youth union have been participating in COVID-19 prevention and control efforts since the province documented the first local infections in early February.

A woman undergoes a health-check before receiving COVID-19 vaccine in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam, March 8, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A woman undergoes a health check before receiving COVID-19 vaccination in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam, March 8, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man receives COVID-19 vaccine in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam, March 8, 2021. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam, March 8, 2021. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

Hanoi

COVID-19 vaccine doses are brought to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, March 8, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

COVID-19 vaccine doses are brought to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, March 8, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

The COVID-19 vaccinations in Hanoi began at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District on Monday morning.

Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan, World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Vietnam Kidong Park, and representatives of international organizations were present to mark the beginning of the vaccinations.

A total of 100 health workers, most of whom are women, were scheduled to receive the vaccine doses on Monday, according to a representative of the hospital.

COVID-19 vaccination is carried out at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, March 8, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

COVID-19 vaccination is carried out at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, March 8, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Pham Nguyen Quyen, a staff member of the infirmary, said she did not experience any abnormal side effects after receiving the shot.

After being monitored for 30 minutes, Quyen was able to get back to work.

The municipal Department of Health is expected to perform vaccinations on health workers of Thanh Nhan Hospital and 300 employees of the Hanoi Center for Disease Control on Tuesday.

A health worker gets vaccinated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, March 8, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A health worker gets immunized at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, March 8, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A health worker prepares for COVID-19 vaccination at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, March 8, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A health worker prepares for COVID-19 vaccination at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, March 8, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Latest news