Le Thien Quynh Nhu, Deputy Chief of the Office of the Health Department of Ho Chi Minh City, shared the above information at a regular press conference on the prevention of Covid-19 in the city on the afternoon of May 26.
Ms. Le Thien Quynh Nhu, Deputy Chief of Office of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health, information at the press conference
According to Ms. Nhu, the Covid-19 vaccine Moderna (mRNA-1273) was researched and developed by Moderna Company (USA), using mRNA technology to create immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The vaccine has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the vaccines eligible for injection to prevent Covid-19 worldwide.
This is a vaccine being provided by the Ministry of Health to provinces and cities across the country for children from 6 to under 12 years old.
In Ho Chi Minh City, up to now, there have been 292,610 children vaccinated with the 1st dose and 61,127 children with the 2nd dose. All injections are safe. All cases of post-injection reactions were detected early and treated promptly, and the children’s health conditions were stable.
Currently, the batch of vaccines being used to vaccinate children from 6 to under 12 years old in Ho Chi Minh City is the Moderna vaccine, distributed in phase 144 (aided by the Australian Government) in Decision No. 399/QD-VVSDTTU dated May 6, 2022 of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.
In Clause 4, Article 2 of the above decision, it is clearly stated that the units that receive the vaccine and organize the immediate injection of the allocated number of vaccines and report the implementation results to the Department of Preventive Health, the Institutes of Health and Safety. epidemiology, Pasteur and Centers for Disease Control of provinces and cities according to management zoning.
Note, the Moderna vaccine distributed in this batch has an expiration date on the label of May 17, 2022, and an expiration date on the certificate of release of vaccines and biologicals from July 17, 2022. The vaccine is currently stored at a temperature of -25 degrees Celsius to -15 degrees Celsius at the national vaccine warehouse, used to give priority to children from 6 to under 12 years old with a dose of 0.25ml. each child.
The risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases
Also at the press conference, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) said that the expanded vaccination rate in the city has not reached the target. This leads to the risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
The HCDC said that in the past year 2021, Ho Chi Minh City experienced outbreaks of the Covid-19 disease, leading to many difficulties in expanded immunization activities for children. This makes the vaccination rate of children still low, especially the rate of vaccination against measles, DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus).
In the coming time, the city’s health sector will organize compensatory vaccinations and vaccinations and monitor the progress of children’s expanded vaccinations in 2022, ensuring disease prevention coverage for children. In addition, mobilize personnel to organize a review of subjects in the area and invite injections according to priority groups of each locality, especially districts with low injection rates and unsatisfactory targets.
In addition, the HCDC suggested that districts should strengthen communication activities and mobilize people to vaccinate their children against vaccine-preventable diseases; continue to accelerate the progress of vaccination against Covid-19 for children from 12 to under 18 years old; urgently deploy the first booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine (3rd dose) for people aged 18 years and over, ensuring completion in the second quarter of 2022 under the direction of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health. .