Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has urged the Ministry of Health to study vaccinations against COVID-19 for children aged between three and five.
PM Chinh’s request was detailed in a dispatch issued on Saturday by the Government Office regarding the purchase of vaccines and the promotion of domestic vaccine production.
Accordingly, the PM requested the Ministry of Health to mull over vaccinating children aged three to under five against COVID-19.
He also asked the Ministry of Health to consider rolling out the fourth shot to adults and the third to children aged 12-17, and have a plan to buy more vaccines and step up domestic vaccine production so as to ensure safety and efficiency.
The head of government has ordered the health ministry to review the delay in the purchase of vaccines for children from five to 11 years old three times now.
The ministry, however, has yet to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for this age group while affirming in its report to the government that it reached an agreement for the signing of a purchase contract with Pfizer.
The ministry added that it is also waiting for information from foreign aid vaccine sources.
As of Sunday, Vietnam had administered 201,828,138 COVID-19 vaccine doses to its 98-million population, including 17,061,722 shots given to children from 12 to 17 years old, according to the national COVID-19 vaccination portal.