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Health ministry issues new COVID-19 vaccination guidelines



A woman in Bến Tre Province gets a booster shot. — VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health has postponed vaccination for those with acute diseases and women who are under 13 weeks pregnant.

This is part of a new vaccination guidelines issued Tuesday.

The guidelines do not cancel vaccinations for those who contracted COVID-19 in the past six months.

Under the new guidelines, the ministry classifies people into four groups.

Group 1: People eligible for vaccination, including those who meet age requirements as recommended by the vaccine manufacturers and are not hypersensitive to active substances or to any excipient of the vaccine’s ingredients.

Group 2: Those who need to take precautions regarding vaccination. They need careful and cautious health screening, including those with a history of allergies; people with underlying diseases; people who have lost consciousness or behavioral capacity; people with history of thrombocytopenia and/or coagulopathy; women over 13 weeks of pregnancy; and those with abnormal vital signs.

Group 3: People who need vaccination postponement, i.e. those who are suffering from acute diseases and women less than 13 weeks pregnant.

Group 4: Contraindications to immunisation are made for those who have clear history of anaphylaxis to the same type of COVID-19 vaccine or were previously inoculated; and for any contraindications present as recommended by the vaccine manufacturers.

Following health screening results, those eligible for vaccinations will have them immediately administered, while those with any of the extenuating factors will be postponed.

Those with history of life threatening (or grade 3) anaphylaxis, for any cause, will be inoculated at medical facilities that are capable of providing anaphylaxis emergency response.

Women in pregnancy of 13 weeks and more will be vaccinated and monitored at medical facilities that are capable of dealing with obstetric emergency. They need to be provided with consultancy about the vaccinaiton benefits and risks and have to sign a commitment to get the vaccination. 

Vaccination for pregnant and breasfeeding women needs to follow vaccine administration guidelines. So far, among eight types of COVID-19 vaccine licensed for use in Việt Nam, only Sputnik V vaccine is not allowed for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Those with contraindications to vaccination will not be inoculated.

As of December 21, Việt Nam had administered over 140.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Protection for high-risk groups needed

The Ministry of Health has also sent an urgent message to guide localities to manage and protect high-risk groups, amid the complicated development of the pandemic with the appearance of highly transmissible and dangerous variants such as Delta and Omicron.  

The group with high risk of suffering critical conditions and death after getting COVID-19 is people who are over 50 years old, have underlining conditions, or are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated, according to the ministry.

It requires medical supervision and management for early detection and treatment to mitigate the fatality rate, particularly while the country is implementing safe and flexible adaptation and effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry said.

Priority should be given to the management of high-risk groups, vaccination, testing, caring and treatment for COVID-19 patients of high-risk groups; information dissemination and consultancy about COVID-19 prevention and control; protection for high-risk people who live with COVID-19 patients; and providing people with physical and psychological care.

The ministry asked localities to review and make lists of high-risk groups and households with high-risk people.

The management of people of high-risk groups should focus on factors such as their underlying diseases; health conditions (ability to walk and take care of themselves); their living situation (living alone or with family); and assistance demand (care, treatment for underlying diseases, medicine and other needs).

Localities are required to apply the e-health app to manage and follow the health conditions and vaccination of high-risk people.

They are also ordered to set up COVID-19 community groups or groups taking care of COVID-19 patients to help make lists and supervise high-risk groups.

Localities must fully inform local residents of the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination and mobilise those in high-risk groups to get full vaccine shots to ensure no one is left behind.

Mobile vaccination teams should be set up to help inoculate people at home if needed. —



1,319 new COVID-19 transmissions reported on Sunday



A boy is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam reported 1,319 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the national total to 10,708,887.

Hà Nội again topped the list of new transmissions with 347, followed by the northern province of Bắc Ninh with 138.

The other areas that recorded infections were Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), HCM City (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên-Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1) and Hậu Giang (1).

There were no COVID-related deaths on Sunday. The total death toll so far in Việt Nam is 43,075. 

8,945 recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number given the all-clear to 9,402,046 so far. 

There are 211 COVID patients nationwide currently receiving oxygen support, including two on life support.

A total of 36,346 vaccine doses were administered on Sunday. Việt Nam has so far administered more than 219 million doses of COVID vaccines —


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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday



Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday, all local. The cases are in Hà Nội (347), Bắc Ninh (138), Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), Hồ Chí Minh (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1), Hậu Giang (1).


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Gia Lai should be driving force of Central Highlands by 2030: PM




Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính meets with top officials of the Party Committee of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on Sunday. — VNA/ Photo Văn Điệp

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Sunday met with leaders of Gia Lai to review the Central Highlands province’s socio-economic development in 2021 and plans for the future.

The meeting took place in Pleiku City, with Government leaders and Gia Lai’s top officials.

The officials reported on the province’s past development and proposed new projects to be approved by the Prime Minister.

Reviewing Gia Lai’s achievements and challenges in 2021, Hồ Văn Niên, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said they were able to reach the “dual goal” of keeping up economic growth while dealing with COVID-19.

This was illustrated in its Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) increasing by 9.71 per cent compared to 2020, he said. The production value of agriculture, forestry and fishery reached VNĐ49.60 trillion (US$2.14 billion), up 13.99 per cent from 2020.

The province’s competitiveness index (PCI) in 2021 ranked second in the Central Highlands region and 26th nationwide, up 12 places compared to 2020, Nên added.

Its cultural values were preserved and promoted, and the healthcare and education systems were improved for the benefit of the people, especially those living in distant and remote areas.

The official also addressed some development projects that the province would like to carry out in the future. They include the construction of the Peiku–Quy Nhơn Expressway, the Ia Mơ irrigation system, as well as measures to attract official development aid for some other traffic and irrigation projects.

Pleiku City, the capital of Gia Lai Province. The Central Highlands province has a strategic geographical position in the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia development triangle area. — VNA/ Photo Phan Nguyên

Speaking at the meeting, PM Chính highlighted the advantages of Gia Lai’s geological location, which is a mountainous province, bordering Cambodia on the west. This is a strategic position in terms of economy, defence and security, the centre of the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia Development Triangle Area, he said.

Gia Lai is the second largest province in the country by nature, has a long tradition, rich history, and is full of patriotic residents, the PM added.

“This is a valuable heritage, a fundamental resource for Gia Lai to develop rapidly and sustainably,” he said.

The Government leader applauded the province’s achievements in 2021, but also addressed the challenges it needs to overcome. They include slow disbursements of public investment capital; poor land, mineral resources and forest management; and limited control of social order and safety in some areas. 

He asked Gia Lai to continue to abide by the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress and Resolution of the provincial Party Congress, take advantage of its potential and resources, and strive to become a driving force in the Central Highlands region by 2030.

He also asked the province to focus on implementing the National Assembly’s and Government’s resolutions on COVID-19 prevention and control, and socio-economic recovery and development.

It also needs to accelerate economic restructuring in association with transforming growth models, applying science and technology, promoting innovation, and improving labour productivity, the PM said.

Gia Lai must also be determined to improve the business and investment environment, he stressed, by continuing to upgrade the indicators of administrative reform and competitiveness, promoting digital transformation, and developing quality human resources.

He added that the province needs to strengthen its defence and security capabilities, maintain political security, social order and safety, as well as being proactive in international integration, and improve its relationships with provinces in southern Laos and northeast Cambodia.

The PM gave his approval to the province’s plans for more development projects and asked different sectors to collaborate with Gia Lai authorities to implement them.

“I suggest Gia Lai be more confident and more self-reliant, keep promoting their internal strengths, choose the right things to do, and finish what they start, for a rapid and sustainable development,” he said. 


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