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Ho Chi Minh City plans to administer fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot to 1.87mn people

Ho Chi Minh City plans to administer fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot to 1.87mn people

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 14:22 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City plans to administer fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot to 1.87mn people
A man receives his third COVID-19 vaccine dose in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City is expected to give a fourth shot of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 1.87 million residents, including elderly and immunocompromised people, once the doses are allocated to the city by the Ministry of Health.

The municipal Department of Health on Wednesday sent a document to the city administration regarding a draft plan to administer a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to local residents.

The plan is aimed at ensuring vaccine coverage and creating sustainable immunity against COVID-19 in the metropolis.

It will target more than 1.87 million people who are either aged 50 and over, an adult moderately or severely immunocompromised, or at high risk of COVID-19 exposure. 

These people must have also had their third shot at least four months earlier.

Those who have been infected with COVID-19 must wait at least three months following their recovery to receive a fourth dose.

The vaccination campaign will commence when the health ministry supplies the city with the necessary doses.

The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines will mainly be used during the drive.

As of Wednesday, health workers in the city of nine million had administered more than 20.7 million vaccine doses, including 8.4 million first shots, 7.3 million second doses, and five million third jabs.

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Duy Khang - Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre News

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