Vietnamese to get COVID-19 vaccines for free

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>>> Ministry announces priority groups in COVID-19 vaccination plan

Members of the Steering Committee gathered to discuss a number of issues related to COVID-19 vaccination in Vietnam as the country has recently approved the import of 30 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, the first vaccine to obtain such authorisation in Vietnam.

At the meeting, experts said Vietnam has made an urgent effort to secure COVID-19 vaccines, but because of limited supply, the vaccine should be administered based on priority groups. Of which, there are 11 priority groups the Ministry of Health (MoH) has defined in its latest plan on the reception, preservation, distribution and use of COVID-19 vaccines during the 2021-2022 period, giving priority to health care workers, those who join the COVID-19 fight, diplomats, police forces, the military and people working in essential services.

Later, when further supply is secured, Vietnamese people will receive free COVID-19 vaccinations similar to those in the current expanded vaccination programme, while there will also be a small portion of service vaccines for those who can afford it at a higher price.

According to experts, the AstraZeneca vaccine being imported to Vietnam has been pre-assessed by the World Health Organisation (WHO)…

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