Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MoH) is preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination of children aged 12-17 and is expected to issue relevant guidance on October 15.
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Do Xuan Tuyen, Deputy Minister of Health, made the statement at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and the Ministry of Education and Training on October 12. Tuyen added the MoH strives to vaccinate 95 per cent of 8.1 million children aged 12-17 with two shots fin the fourth quarter of 2021.
Together with this, the MoH is toting up the number of children aged 3-11, while approaching sources of vaccines and gathering ideas from experts and scientists to prepare for the vaccination of this group when vaccines are available.
The education and health ministries are planning the vaccination of each age group and school levels to enable them to safely return schools.
"The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) has to organise early the safe vaccination of students as guided by the Ministry of Health. Right now, the MoH works with the MoET and the Ministry of Information and Communications on registering children aged 12-17 for vaccination to organise the vaccination in a safe manner when vaccines become available in late October," said the Deputy Prime Minister.
According to the MoH, Vietnam vaccinated 55.87 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with 16 million people getting two shots as of October 12.