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HCMC to vaccinate children aged 12-17 from Oct 25

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – HCMC is set to vaccinate some 700,000 children aged between 12 and 17 against Covid-19 beginning October 25.

The HCMC Department of Health is mapping out a plan to inoculate these children after the Ministry of Health issued guidelines on the vaccination of children aged from 12 to 17 on October 14, Tuoi Tre Online reported.

Apart from formulating the plan to vaccinate children and submitting it to the HCMC government for approval, the HCMC Department of Health will also work with the municipal departments of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and Education and Training to plan the vaccination in detail.

If Covid vaccine doses for children are available, the city will start to vaccinate them from that day at fixed vaccination sites or schools.

HCMC is set to complete the administration of first doses to children aged 12-17 within one week.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health sent guidelines on the vaccination of children aged between 12 and 17 to the provincial and municipal departments of Health and Pasteur and Hygiene and Epidemiology institutes.

Provinces and cities were told to start the first-dose vaccination of children this month, using Covid vaccines for children approved by the Ministry of Health in line with the guidelines from the ministry and drugmakers.

Under the guidance, children aged 16 and 17 will be vaccinated in the initial stage, while in the next period, the vaccination will be expanded to younger children, depending on vaccine supplies and the Covid situation.

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