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Việt Nam starts giving booster COVID-19 vaccine shots in December

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Foreigners in Hà Nội received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in early November. — VNA/ Photo Hoàng Hiếu

HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese health ministry has urged localities to prepare to administer COVID-19 booster vaccine shots, which could start within December, with priority on over 50s and frontline workers.

Localities are urged to complete the vaccine drive for the population,  then begin booster shots, usually given typically six months after the last dose. Mixing and matching vaccines is allowed, according to health ministry.

The additional COVID-19 shots will first go to the adults (from 18 years old), especially people above 50 years who have been fully inoculated (one dose, two doses, or three doses depending on the vaccine types) and are moderately or severely immunocompromised (for example, people who just underwent organ transplant operation, people with cancer or HIV, or taking immune checkpoint inhibitors, etc.). The additional shots will either be the same type of vaccines they have previously received or mRNA vaccines (such as Pfizer and Moderna).

For booster shots, the priority will be on people aged 18 years old and above (especially 50 years and older) who have received the standard number of doses, are suffering from underlying health issues, people who require long-term care at health facilities, and medical workers, especially those directly involved in collecting samples for COVID-19 testing and treating COVID-19 patients.

If one originally received Sinopharm Vero Cell vaccines for the standard two shots and addition shot, then the booster shots could still be Sinopharm or mRNA vaccines or vector virus vaccine (AstraZeneca) six months after the last shot.

The vaccine used for additional and repeat injections is the vaccine approved by the Ministry of Health. The list so far has nine types of vaccines – AstraZeneca, Sinopharm Vero Cell, Pfizer, Moderna, Sputnik V, Janssen, Covaxin, Hayat Vax, and Abdala.

The dosage for administration of additional and booster shots is according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Localities are told to prepare the necessary conditions, especially the list of eligible people, to deploy additional and booster injections from December, based on the vaccine supply.

The Ministry of Health requested the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and the Pasteur Institute to provide guidance and technical support to localities in organising and deploying vaccination.

Việt Nam to date has administered more than 123 million shots of vaccines, with 94 per cent of the adult population receiving at least one dose of vaccine and over 51.7 million people – or half of the country’s population of roughly 100 million – receiving two doses. —

A vaccination site has been set up at an indoor stadium in Đà Nẵng. — VNA/ Photo Văn Dũng

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1091191/viet-nam-starts-giving-booster-covid-19-vaccine-shots-in-december.html

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The winners of the first VinFuture Prize have been revealed. Professors Kariko, Cullis and Weissman were awarded the Grand Prize of US$3 million for their research on mRNA vaccine technology.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1118190/future-is-now.html

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15,935 new coronavirus cases recorded on Friday

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A student has his body temperature checked before entering class at Việt Đức High School in Hoàn Kiếm District of Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo Thanh Tùng

HÀ NỘI — A total of 15,935 new COVID-19 patients were reported in Việt Nam on Friday, raising the total number to 2,110,737.

Thirty-four were imported infections and the remaining domestic. New cases were reported in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities across the country.

A total of 10,912 transmissions were detected in the community.

The capital city of Hà Nội again led the list, with 2,805 cases.

The other localities that reported new infections were Đà Nẵng (964), Hải Phòng (796), Hưng Yên (685), Bến Tre (618), Thanh Hóa (509), Quảng Ngãi (482), Bình Phước (475), Bình Định (420), Bắc Ninh (418), Quảng Ninh (369), Khánh Hòa (346), Quảng Nam (344), Hải Dương (341), Cà Mau (319), Bắc Giang (299), Vĩnh Phúc (280), Thừa Thiên Huế (280), Thái Nguyên (268), Vĩnh Long (263), Trà Vinh (240), Tây Ninh (237), Nghệ An (233), Lâm Đồng (231), HCM City (227), Nam Định (223), Phú Thọ (209), Hòa Bình (208), Thái Bình (187), Ninh Bình (151), Lào Cai (134), Tuyên Quang (129), Hà Nam (128), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (127), Điện Biên (115), Bạc Liêu (113), Lạng Sơn (112), Đắk Nông (101), Gia Lai (99), Sơn La (99), Hà Giang (99), Bình Dương (95), Quảng Bình (90), Hậu Giang (87), Phú Yên (84), Yên Bái (84), Đồng Tháp (81), Kon Tum (73), Kiên Giang (72), Bình Thuận (71), Cần Thơ (61), Quảng Trị (56), Sóc Trăng (55), Hà Tĩnh (52), Đồng Nai (51), Cao Bằng (51), An Giang (39), Ninh Thuận (31), Tiền Giang (28), Long An (22), Lai Châu (22) and Bắc Kạn (13).

Việt Nam has seen 133 cases of the Omicron variant so far, in Hà Nội (12), Quảng Nam (27), HCM City (65), Hải Dương (1), Hải Phòng (1), Thanh Hóa (2), Đà Nẵng (8), Khánh Hòa (11), Long An (1) and Quảng Ninh (2).

A further 2,256 patients were declared recovered, taking the number of people given the all-clear so far to 1,797,180.

A total of 177 fatalities related to COVID-19 were announced. To date, the country has had 36,443 deaths, making up 1.7 per cent of total infections and ranking 25th out of 224 countries and territories worldwide.

More than 173.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the country so far. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1118156/15935-new-coronavirus-cases-recorded-on-friday.html

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Update of COVID-19 new cases in Việt Nam on Jan. 21 afternoon

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From 16:00 on January 20 to 16:00 on January 21, 15,935 new infections were recorded on the National COVID-19 Case Management System.
 
Provinces and cities with confirmed cases are as follows: Hà Nội (2,805), Đà Nẵng (964), Hải Phòng (796), Hưng Yên (685), Bến Tre (618), Thanh Hóa (509), Quảng Ngãi (482), Bình Phước (475), Bình Định (420), Bắc Ninh (418), Quảng Ninh (369), Khánh Hòa (346), Quảng Nam (344), Hải Dương (341), Cà Mau (319), Bắc Giang (299), Vĩnh Phúc (280), Thừa Thiên Huế (280), Thái Nguyên (268), Vĩnh Long (263), Trà Vinh (240), Tây Ninh (237), Nghệ An (233), Lâm Đồng (231), HCM City (227), Nam Định (223), Phú Thọ (209), Hòa Bình (208), Thái Bình (187), Ninh Bình (151), Lào Cai (134), Tuyên Quang (129), Hà Nam (128), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (127), Điện Biên (115), Bạc Liêu (113), Lạng Sơn (112), Đắk Nông (101), Gia Lai (99), Sơn La (99), Hà Giang (99), Bình Dương (95), Quảng Bình (90), Hậu Giang (87), Phú Yên (84), Yên Bái (84), Đồng Tháp (81), Kon Tum (73), Kiên Giang (72), Bình Thuận (71), Cần Thơ (61), Quảng Trị (56), Sóc Trăng (55), Hà Tĩnh (52), Đồng Nai (51), Cao Bằng (51), An Giang (39), Ninh Thuận (31), Tiền Giang (28), Long An (22), Lai Châu (22), Bắc Kạn (13).
 
Up to now, Việt Nam has recorded 130 cases of COVID-19 due to Omicron variant in Hà Nội (12), Quảng Nam (27), HCM City (65), Hải Dương (1), Hải Phòng (1), Thanh Hóa (2), Đà Nẵng (8), Khánh Hòa (11), Long An (1), Quảng Ninh (2).

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1118126/update-of-covid-19-new-cases-in-viet-nam-on-jan-21-afternoon.html

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