The Ministry of Health: Localities need to develop a plan for Covid-19 vaccination for children 12-17 years old

The Ministry of Health has just issued Official Letter No. 1675/CD-BYT on the implementation of vaccination Covid-19 to the Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, the City Party Committee, the Head of the Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control and the Chairman of the People’s Committees of the provinces and cities directly under the Central Government.

By October 22, the Ministry of Health had received and distributed more than 97 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine; in which a number of provinces and cities have been allocated vaccines with enough quantity to inject 2 doses for all people over 18 years old (such as Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Long An, Quang Ninh, Khanh Hoa… ).

In recent days, our country has injected about 1.5-1.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine every day. By the morning of October 25, 74.3 million doses of the vaccine had been administered. More than 21 million people have had 2 injections.

Covid-19 vaccination for people in Ho Chi Minh City – Photo: Hoang Trieu

To ensure rapid and effective use of vaccines, to rapidly increase coverage for at-risk groups as soon as possible so that they can gradually expand vaccination coverage for children under 18 years of age, the Ministry of Health proposed It is recommended that the leaders of the provinces and cities continue to direct the units to urgently vaccinate all subjects aged 18 years and over, administer the second dose to those who have had the first dose for the full time (priority is given to those who have received the first dose). subjects from 50 years old and above) to ensure safety and effectiveness.

With regard to the implementation of the vaccination for children from 12 to 17 years old, the Ministry of Health suggested that leaders of provinces and cities direct relevant units to make plans for vaccination against Covid-19 vaccine. for children from 12 to 17 years old according to the roadmap guided by the Ministry of Health in Official Letter No. 8688/BYT-DP dated October 14.

Based on the local situation of the Covid-19 epidemic and the supply of vaccines to organize immunization for children aged 12 to 17 years in accordance with the guidance of the Ministry of Health.

According to Official Letter No. 8688, the Ministry of Health guides localities to vaccinate according to the schedule from high to low age, pre-vaccinate for 16-17 years old and lower the age gradually, according to the vaccine supply progress. Covid-19 and local epidemic situation.

The type of vaccine used is one that has been approved by the Ministry of Health for use in this age group, according to the instructions for use of the manufacturer and the Ministry of Health. The vaccine was used in 2 basic doses/subject and injected with the same vaccine.

The Ministry of Health also suggested that localities develop plans and deploy the first injection from October 20, 2021 if they have prepared enough conditions. The organization of vaccination in the form of a campaign at fixed vaccination facilities, at mobile injection sites and schools (for areas where the organization is concentrated at school), according to the guidance of the Ministry of Health.

Regarding the implementation of vaccination for children from 12-17 years old, the leader of the Preventive Medicine Department (Ministry of Health) said that a general guideline document has been sent to the health departments of the provinces, cities and other provinces. Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Pasteur Institute.

According to the leader of the Department of Preventive Medicine, the Institutes of Hygiene and Epidemiology, and the Pasteur Institute, will provide specific instructions on the injection of Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12-17 for provinces and cities according to their sub-assigned areas. blame.

Regarding the guidance on implementing Covid-19 vaccination for children in the North, a representative of the Northern Office of Expanded Immunization (National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology) said that the instructions for Covid-19 vaccination had been completed. -19 for children aged 12-17. Currently the type of injection used for this group is the Covid-19 vaccine Pfizer. It is expected that in the coming week, instructions will be given to the northern provinces and cities. .

According to the plan of the Ministry of Health, this October will deploy Covid-19 vaccine for children, but some sources said that vaccination will be implemented when a vaccine is available.

Ministry of Health: Localities need to plan for Covid-19 vaccination for children 12-17 years old - Photo 2.

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