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Hanoi launches biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive

Hanoi launches biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 11:32 GMT+7
Hanoi launches biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive
A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a woman in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, July 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Hanoi kick-started its largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Tuesday, which is expected to run for nine months, with a target of inoculating over 5.1 million people.

In this drive, medical authorities in the Vietnamese capital city are expecting to immunize 200,000 city dwellers against COVID-19 per day.

The targeted 5.1 million people are divided into ten priority groups to ensure accuracy and transparency in accessing the vaccines.

The COVID-19 vaccines used in this campaign are AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna.

The city has prepared 1,200 injection lines and had 100 mobile emergency teams ready to respond in case of post-vaccinal reactions.

However, as of Tuesday, the number of inoculation sites had not yet been finalized as it depends on the number of vaccines distributed by the Ministry of Health.

The campaign, slated to conclude in April 2022, is the largest-ever inoculation drive in Hanoi, according to the municipal Department of Health.

A health worker measures a woman’s blood pressure ahead of a COVID-19 vaccination session in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, July 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A health worker measures a woman’s blood pressure ahead of a COVID-19 vaccination session in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, July 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Authorities have administered more than five million vaccine shots since Vietnam rolled out inoculation on March 8.

About 451,000 people have been fully vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday morning confirmed 2,861 new COVID-19 cases, including 2,858 domestic cases. The new cases have taken the country’s tally to 117,121, including 22,946 recoveries, as recorded since early 2020.

Of the latest cases, 69 were detected in Hanoi while 2,115 infections were logged in Ho Chi Minh City, which has recently led the country in daily new infections, with thousands of patients confirmed per day.

Since April 27, when the pandemic’s fourth wave appeared in Vietnam, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have accounted for 1,077 and 74,855 cases, respectively, in the country’s total of 113,3445 domestic infections.

A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a man in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, July 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a man in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, July 27, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

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