The Vietnamese health ministry has asked provincial/municipal health department to provide the tentative number of vaccines needed for the rollout of second COVID-19 booster shots (fourth doses) before May 25, 2022.
The National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) has distributed a further 2.4 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children aged five to under 12 years old to provincial and municipal centres for disease controls across the country.
The Vietnamese Government has agreed with the Ministry of Health on the receiving of COVID-19 vaccines donated by foreign governments and supplied by international organisations for children aged from 5 to under 12 years old in the country.
The capital of Hà Nội has reason to be confident in its decision to send young children (grades 1 to 6) back to in-person learning despite them being in the unvaccinated age group, a city official said.
COVID-19 vaccines cause no negative impact on children’s genetics or future fertility, so children should be vaccinated to reduce their risk of severe disease and hospitalisations, according to experts.