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Health Ministry has yet to formulate plan to vaccinate students against Covid

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HCMC – As the Covid-19 vaccines supplied to Vietnam remain limited, the Ministry of Health is yet to formulate a plan to vaccinate students against Covid-19.

Students will be vaccinated when more Covid-19 vaccines arrive in Vietnam, the local media reported.

The Ministry of Health expressed this view after the prime minister asked it to coordinate with the Ministry of Education and Training to vaccinate students to ensure a safe school year.

In a statement sent to the Government Office, the ministry stated that it had striven to access Covid-19 vaccine sources but the vaccines supplied to Vietnam can only meet part of the demand. Therefore, the ministry has instructed localities to vaccinate residents aged from 18 only.

The ministry is continuously seeking vaccine resources. When it has more vaccines, it will allocate the vaccines to localities and ask them to administer them to people aged below 18, including students.

At a meeting of the national anti-Covid steering committee on September 5, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said the country had administered more than 21.5 million Covid-19 doses, including over 15 million people receiving one shot and over 3.2 million people receiving both shots.

Nearly 30% of residents aged from 18 have been vaccinated as of September 4. The rate has reached 88% in HCMC and 52.7% in Hanoi.

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