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Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to vaccinate children aged 5-11 against COVID-19 this year

Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to vaccinate children aged 5-11 against COVID-19 this year

Wednesday, April 06, 2022, 12:12 GMT+7
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to vaccinate children aged 5-11 against COVID-19 this year
First graders go to school for the first time after months of staying home due to COVID-19 in Hanoi, April 6, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

The People’s Committee of Hanoi plans to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 in the second quarter of this year while its counterpart in Ho Chi Minh City intends to launch the same inoculation drive in September.

The committee issued the plan on Tuesday as it expects that more than 95 percent of children from five to 11 years old living in the capital city will be given COVID-19 vaccine doses between now and June.

It asked grassroots-level authorities to review and compile a list of eligible recipients prior to the vaccination campaign.

The plan was unveiled after the city governing body approved the return to classrooms for direct attendance of students from first to sixth grades starting Wednesday.

Earlier on Monday, authorities in Ho Chi Minh City said they plan to inoculate all children aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19 this September, according to an urgent scheme by the municipal People’s Committee.

Nearly 900,000 children in the southern metropolis are expected to be immunized under the scheme. 

The city’s Department of Education and Training and Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs have been asked to make a list of eligible kids.

The municipal People’s Committee also requested localities to work with the health sector in response to adverse incidents, and relevant agencies to keep a close watch on the children following COVID-19 inoculation.

As of Tuesday, more than 207.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across Vietnam.

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