The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has proposed the use of the Pfizer vaccine to inoculate children aged 12-17 against Covid-19.
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In an urgent document sent to the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute, the department asked for their guidance and training on use of the Pfizer vaccine on children in that age group.
The city will pilot vaccinations for students aged between 16-17 in Cu Chi District and District 1 first.
At present, HCM City has over 712,000 children aged 12 to 17. A recent survey conducted by the municipal Department of Education and Training showed that over 92 percent of parents have agreed with Covid-19 vaccinations for their children.
HCM City is the largest Covid-19 epicentre in Vietnam. The city has so far recorded over 426,000 infections, making up half of the country’s total tally.
The Ministry of Health earlier agreed to vaccinate children aged 12 to 17 against Covid-19 and authorised Institutes of Hygiene and Epidemiology and Pasteur Institutes nationwide to provide specific instructions on the vaccinations.
According to the ministry, there are some types of Covid-19 vaccines being used to vaccinate children worldwide with the most popular being Pfizer and Moderna.
Clinical trials show the Pfizer vaccine is 90.7 percent effective against asymptomatic infections in children.