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HCMC plans to administer Pfizer vaccine to children

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Health on October 25 wrote to the HCMC Pasteur Institute proposing administering the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to children aged between 12 and 17.

The department also proposed the institute provide training for health workers in charge of inoculating children while the city is preparing for the child vaccination campaign pending Ministry of Health’s guidelines.

Earlier, the ministry had told the Pasteur and Hygiene and Epidemiology institutes to issue detailed guidelines on the vaccination of children at 12 to 17 years of age to provinces and cities.

On the same day, the HCMC Department of Health wrote to the public and non-public hospitals, the healthcare centers of Thu Duc City and other districts, healthcare stations and private clinics asking them to join online training courses on the vaccination of children.

On October 22, the HCMC anti-Covid steering committee issued a plan to give Covid-19 vaccine shots to some 780,000 children aged from 12 to 17.

Under the plan, children aged between 16 and 17 would be vaccinated first and younger children will be next depending on the availability of vaccines and the Covid situation.

HCMC is set to complete administering the first dose to children within one week, the local media reported.

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