Vietnam’s Ministry of Health is speeding up procedures to complete its contract with Pfizer to purchase 21.9 million doses of vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 in March.
As planned, a total of seven million doses of vaccine for children ages five to 11 will arrive in the country in the first quarter of the year, with the remaining 14.9 million doses expected to be delivered in the second quarter, the Ministry of Health reported. .
The ministry has also updated its guidelines for the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, saying that children ages 5 to 11 should receive the 10 mcg (0.2 ml) dose, while children ages 12 and older should receive a dose of 10 mcg (0.2 ml). dose of 30 mcg (0.3 ml).
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The data showed that about 490,000 local children have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic, accounting for 19.3% of the total number of COVID-19 patients confirmed in the country so far.
The number of children contracting COVID-19 is expected to increase significantly in the future, meaning ensuring the safety of children is an important task, especially for the unvaccinated.
Last month, an online survey by the Ministry of Health on whether or not parents should vaccinate children under 12 against COVID-19 found that 81% agreed with the vaccination plan, according to a report by VOV.
As of February 28, Vietnam had so far injected more than 194.97 million doses of vaccines, with more than 67.456 million people over the age of 18 and 8.15 million children aged 12-17 having received two injections, while more than 39.98 million booster injections and third injections had been administered.