Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday decided to distribute 978,500 COVID-19 vaccine shots to Ho Chi Minh City and another 698,880 doses to Hanoi.
With the newly-allocated shots, Ho Chi Minh City has been allocated 4,075,270 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, accounting for more than 20 percent of Vietnam’s available shots.
These jabs will be enough for the southern metropolis to vaccinate about 29 percent of its citizens who are 18 years old and above.
Ho Chi Minh City has 6,966,626 residents age 18 and older, and needs approximately 13.8 million vaccine shots to inoculate 99 percent of these citizens.
Meanwhile, Hanoi has been granted 2,943,770 COVID-19 vaccine jabs, enough to vaccinate approximately 26 percent of citizens who are 18 years old and above.
Vietnam on Tuesday received 414,880 AstraZeneca vaccine shots donated by the UK, raising the total number of doses in the Southeast Asian country to more than 19 million.
Over 7.2 million doses have been administered since inoculation was rolled out on March 8, with 744,331 people having completed the two-dose regimen.
As of Wednesday morning, Vietnam had documented 174,461 coronavirus cases, with 50,831 recoveries and 2,071 deaths, according to the health ministry.
The country has recorded 170,563 local infections in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities since the fourth wave broke out on April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City is the hardest-hit locality with 105,095 cases, while Hanoi has logged 1,668 infections in this flare-up.