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HCMC wraps up Covid-19 vaccination campaign for teenagers

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – HCMC has concluded its campaign to vaccinate children aged between 12 and 17 against Covid-19, inoculating over 709,000 teenagers during the two-phase period spanning roughly six weeks, said the HCMC Center for Disease Control.

Doctor Le Thi Hong Nga, deputy director of HCDC, said yesterday, December 8, that the vaccine rollout, which began on October 17, has now come to an end, with 709,645 children being jabbed, or nearly 7,500 higher than initially targeted. Up to 96.6% of teenagers in the city have got the first dose, while 85.5% have been fully vaccinated, Nga said.

However, the city would continue canvassing children in this age group to boost vaccine coverage. Any teenager who has not yet received the Covid-19 vaccine will be inoculated at the medical stations of wards or communes.

The first phase of the campaign began in late October in District 1 and Cu Chi District and was completed on November 4. On November 22, the second phase was kicked off across the city.

HCDC said the city’s health authorities would launch a new Covid-19 vaccine rollout to administer additional or booster shots to adults beginning December 10. An additional dose will be given to people who have not developed a strong enough immune response, while a booster shot will be recommended for people whose immunity systems have weakened over time after being fully vaccinated.

An additional dose is to be given at least four weeks after the second shot, while a booster shot is to be administered to fully-vaccinated people after six months, according to HCDC.

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