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Saigon traffic policeman saves elder from long walk to vaccination site with scout ride

Saigon traffic policeman saves elder from long walk to vaccination site with scout ride

Saturday, August 07, 2021, 10:30 GMT+7
Saigon traffic policeman saves elder from long walk to vaccination site with scout ride
This supplied photo shows Nguyen Chi Sac, 87, talking with a traffic police officer in Nha Be District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2021.

A traffic police officer gave a 87-year-old male citizen a ride to his COVID-19 vaccination site on a scout motorcycle to save the geriatric from walking for seven kilometers in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday.

Lieutenant Colonel Bui Van Khanh, leader of a patrol team for pandemic prevention in the city’s Nha Be District, met Nguyen Chi Sac, living in the namesake town of the district, on Friday morning when the senior citizen had walked for three kilometers on his way to Nha Be District Hospital for a COVID-19 vaccination session.

As the hospital is seven kilometers away from Khanh’s location and there was no buses, the traffic police leader ordered a member of his team to take Sac to the vaccination site on a scout motorcycle.

Sac expressed his appreciation to the traffic police officers for the ride.

After sending the elderly man to the inoculation venue, the motorcycle-riding officer returned to his post to continue the pandemic prevention duty.

Vietnam has administered more than 8.5 million doses to its people, with over 863,300 citizens fully inoculated.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the number of vaccinated people has topped 1.9 million, over 85,600 of which have received two full shots.

Authorities in the southern metropolis are carrying out the sixth phase of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with a target of administering doses to five million residents above 18 years old until the end of this month.

The city has vaccinated more than 150,000 people over 65 years old with underlying diseases in the fifth phase, according to the municipal Department of Health.

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