The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has requested the People’s Committees of provinces and cities across the country to set up plans for vaccinating children aged six months to four years old against COVID-19.
The vaccination drive will take place when there are sufficient conditions and scientific basis, according to the order signed by Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Lien Huong.
The minister assessed that all 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam had actively implemented COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, ensuring safety, effectiveness and compliance with regulations and guidelines issued over the past time.
Authorities have administered 259 million doses to citizens aged from five years nationwide.
Most children aged 12 and above have been given two shots.
Up to 88 percent of children aged from 5-11 have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, and 60 percent have got two.
In preparation for the COVID-19 inoculation for children from six months to four years old, provinces and cities must submit a report on the number of children in this age group and propose the quantities of vaccine needed to the local Institutes of Hygiene and Epidemiology or Pasteur Institutes before September 30.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is necessary to increase the vaccination rate against COVID-19 in lower age groups, who are vulnerable due to their immature immune systems.