The Ministry of Health has requested the Department of Health of 63 provinces and cities to urgently make a list of 10 priority groups to receive free COVID-19 vaccine. People in priority list can be front-line medical staff, Vietnamese diplomatic staff and officials and their relatives sent for term work abroad, staff directly involved in welcoming Government delegations and welcoming Vietnamese from abroad, diplomatic corps and UN organizations in Vietnam, customs and immigration officers, people with chronic diseases, people over 65 years old, people living in epidemic areas, the poor, and social policy beneficiaries.
Vietnam’s mass vaccination campaign began March 8 after a batch of 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine was delivered in February. The country also received another 811,000 doses of the vaccine last Thursday under the global Covax facility.
Nearly 54,000 Vietnamese citizens, mainly front-line workers in the COVID-19 fight, have received their first vaccine shots.