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Health ministry issues new COVID-19 vaccination guidelines

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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. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1109363/health-ministry-issues-new-covid-19-vaccination-guidelines.html

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Construction of $630,000 carp-shaped fountain halted in Vietnam’s southern province

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Heeding complaints from the public, the administration of Soc Trang Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region has halted a project involving the construction of two massive carp-shaped fountains on the banks of a local river.

The provincial People’s Committee issued a document asking authorities in Soc Trang City, the provincial capital, to cease the construction of a VND15 billion (US$632,000) decorative project, Tran Van Lau, chairman of the committee, said on Tuesday.

Nguyen Van Quan, secretary of the Soc Trang City Party’s Committee and chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, confirmed that the project would be halted and said the standing board of the committee is working on resolving the issue.

“There are many who oppose the project, so we will likely stop construction. Provincial authorities already agreed to suspend the project,” Zing News – a local publication – quoted a leader of the Soc Trang City administration as saying earlier.

Prior to Quan’s statement, the Soc Trang City administration had issued a resolution to launch the project on the two banks of the Maspero River, with construction expected to start in 2023 and be completed in 2025.

The bill for the project was expected to be footed by the city’s state budget. 

After the information about the project was announced, the public began voicing concerns that the money would be better suited for infrastructure that benefited local residents.  

According to the project’s blueprint, each bank of the river was meant to have a sculpture depicting a carp transforming into a dragon, built from white stone and a granite-covered concrete base.

One of the statues was designed to measure 5.6 meters tall while the other was envisioned to be 8.32 meters tall.

They were set to be located the Bridge 30-4 and Bridge C247.

The base of each statue was desinged to feature the words ‘Carp turning into a dragon in Soc Trang – Vietnam’

An artistic LED lighting system was planned to decorate the statues, and a fountain was meant to shoot water from their mouths.

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Authorities order inspection of illegal constructions inside fish farm turned eco-tourism area in Vietnam

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Authorities in Nghe An Province, north-central Vietnam have ordered the inspection of a fish farming project that was turned into an eco-tourism area inclusive of a park and a driving range.

Dang Thanh Tung, head of the provincial People’s Committee Office, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday that the administration had sent an urgent document to authorities in Hung Nguyen District, ordering the examination of a high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC.

The district authorities were tasked with inspecting the violations at the facility and handling them in accordance with regulations.

A bird’s-eye view of the high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

A bird’s-eye view of the high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

They will have to submit a report detailing their inspection to the provincial administration prior to October 15.

The high-tech tilapia farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC was approved by the Nghe An People’s Committee on June 1, 2017.

Located in Hung My Commune, Hung Nguyen District, the project covers an area of seven hectares and costs nearly VND51 billion (US$2.1 million).

The driving range located on the premises of the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tien Phong reader

The golf driving range located on the premises of the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tien Phong reader

The developer was recently found to have built multiple constructions that were not permitted by competent authorities, including an artificial mountain, three football fields, a golf driving range, and a park with the models of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The artificial mountain and football fields were put into operation in September 2020.

In June 2021, authorities in Hung Nguyen District imposed a VND30 million ($1,260) fine on Synot Asean JSC for these violations, though the fine did not stop the company from continuing to build a driving range and park on the premises.

A model of the London Bridge at the park inside the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

A model of the London Bridge at the park inside the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

In order to legitimize these constructions, the firm submitted a proposal to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment seeking permission to turn the project into a tilapia farm combined with ecotourism services.

In a release issued on September 12, the Nghe An People’s Committee confirmed it did not approve Synot Asean’s proposal and ordered the company to cease operating its illegal facilities.

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Substandard speedboats, jet skis, floating restaurants operate in famous Vietnamese bay

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A recent inspection identified several poor quality speedboats, jet skis, and floating restaurants operating in Vinh Hy Bay, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful bodies of water.

The Traffic Safety Board of Ninh Thuan Province, home of Vinh Hy Bay, said on Wednesday that the list of substandard vehicles and venues operating in the bay included 17 speedboats, 14 jet skis, and three floating restaurants.

Tran Quoc Nam, chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee, has ordered related agencies to increase inspections of the area and deal with businesses that fall short of tourism safety regulations in Vinh Hy Bay.

Those that cannot ensure safety must be suspended, Nam said.

A floating restaurant collapses in Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam, in this photo taken in 2016. Photo: Minh Tran / Tien Phong

A floating restaurant collapses in Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam, in this photo taken in 2016. Photo: Minh Tran / Tien Phong

In 2016, the collapse of a raft operating as a floating restaurant in Vinh Hy Bay caused two deaths and injured three people.

More than 300 tourists, including many children, fell into the sea.

Vinh Hy Bay, a small inlet dotted with fishing vessels and woven coracles, is a popular destination for tourists thanks to its charming scenery and delectable seafood.

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