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Over 238,000 children aged 12-17 fully jabbed in Ho Chi Minh City

Over 238,000 children aged 12-17 fully jabbed in Ho Chi Minh City

Thursday, November 25, 2021, 16:32 GMT+7
Over 238,000 children aged 12-17 fully jabbed in Ho Chi Minh City
A young girl receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

More than 238,000 children aged 12 to 17 in Ho Chi Minh City have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, accounting for about 33 percent of the residents in this age group.

The southern city currently has 702,560 children aged 12 to 17, according to the municipal Department of Health.

Among them, 671,840 have received their first COVID-19 vaccine shots, accounting for 95.6 percent, while 238,200 have been jabbed twice, accounting for 33.9 percent.

District 1 has reached the highest vaccination rate for children in this age range, with 42 percent of them fully inoculated.

Can Gio and Cu Chi Districts rank second and third with 37 percent and 33 percent.

More children in this age group will receive their second doses until November 28.

Health authorities began the vaccination campaign for children aged 12 to 17 on October 27, providing them with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

As of Wednesday, health workers in Ho Chi Minh City had administered nearly 14.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Over 6.3 million out of nine million people in the metropolis have been fully vaccinated.

All of the city’s adult population of six million have received at least one shot, while 84.1 percent have been injected twice.

Among more than 1.98 million residents aged 50 and older, 90 percent have received the first shots, and 85.7 percent have been jabbed twice.

With over 460,700 infections, Ho Chi Minh City has been the largest epicenter in the country since the fourth virus wave began on April 27.

Local authorities have required all students to stay home and switch to remote learning since May 10.

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