Ho Chi Minh City: 4th dose of Covid-19 vaccine

On the afternoon of May 16, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc signed and promulgated a plan to administer the second booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (dose 4) to people in the city.

Prepare enough injection sites

According to the plan, the injection subjects include: People 50 years old and older (expected number of more than 1.8 million people); people aged 18 years or older with moderate to severe immunodeficiency; people in high-risk groups exposed to Covid-19 (health workers, frontline officers in the fight against epidemics, workers, people working in industrial zones).

The form of injection will be held at 3 places including at the hospital; vaccination facilities for employees who are working or who are undergoing inpatient treatment at the unit (including those with residential addresses in other provinces and cities receiving treatment); at the mobile injection site and at home for cases of difficulty or inability to move to the injection sites. The vaccination period is expected to begin as soon as the vaccine is provided by the Ministry of Health.

Regarding the list of subjects to inject the second booster dose (shot 4), for patients being managed and treated at medical facilities, the unit will make a list and organize the injection if eligible. or guide the patient to the locality to register for injection.

For officials and medical staff… in the high-risk group of exposure to Covid-19 will be listed and injected by the unit. If not eligible for vaccination, actively coordinate with other vaccination establishments or the locality where they live to organize injections for employees working at the unit.

For people aged 18 years or older with moderate to severe immunodeficiency, a list of patients eligible for injections will be made by a social facility, drug addiction treatment and treatment facility for HIV-infected people. direct management agencies to coordinate with the health sector to organize injections for patients.

For workers working in industrial parks, agencies, units, organizations and enterprises will actively review and make a list of employees eligible for injection and send it to the direct management agency for coordination. In case the local government where the unit is located, organize the injection.

After completing the 3rd dose vaccination, Ho Chi Minh City now plans to continue injecting the 4th dose for people Photo: TAN THANH

Implement “Vaccine Passport” validation

The vaccines used in this injection are mRNA (vaccine made by Pfizer or Moderna), vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca, vaccine of the same type as the 1st booster dose (3rd dose). The interval is at least 4 months after the 1st booster dose (3rd dose). For people who have been infected with Covid-19 after receiving the 1st booster dose (3rd dose), vaccination should be delayed for 3 months from the date of Covid-19 infection.

According to the plan, the People’s Committees of wards, communes and townships make a list of people belonging to the above target groups to organize injection points in the locality. Note, the list is basically available on the Covid-19 vaccine vaccination management platform in the health sector, which provides a list form for the units. At the same time, continue to carry out the process of “cleaning” vaccine vaccination data against Covid-19 and deploying “Vaccine passport” confirmation.

The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City requires the organization of forms of vaccination that are convenient for people and ensure the quality, safety of vaccination, and safety of epidemic prevention. In addition, organizing many vaccination forms to meet people’s needs and practical conditions of localities and vaccination units such as injection points at health facilities, injection points/mobile injection trucks in the community , home injection team for people who cannot get to the injection site.

Troubleshooting health insurance payments

On May 16, the Ministry of Health and Vietnam Social Security held a meeting to discuss the payment of medical examination and treatment costs covered by health insurance for technical services performed by machines lent or ordered by the winning companies for materials and chemicals. signed contract with the medical facility.

Talking to a reporter from Nguoi Lao Dong Newspaper, Mr. Pham Luong Son, Deputy Director of Vietnam Social Insurance, said that the meeting agreed that the Vietnam Social Insurance will have a document directing social insurance at all levels to continue to pay health insurance costs. of technical services performed by machines lent or ordered by the winning units of materials and chemicals based on the contractor selection results in accordance with the Bidding Law and signed contracts. In addition, the Ministry of Health will issue documents to guide medical facilities to convert from borrowing or ordering to forms prescribed by the Government (give, donate, rent, establish ownership). At the same time, determine the mandatory route to complete the above-mentioned form conversion. “We also agreed that we will continue to allow payment of health insurance with machines ordered and borrowed until the contract expires” – Mr. Son said.N.Dung

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