No abnormalities reported after COVID-19 vaccination

Tuesday, 2021-03-09 09:59:42
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One of the first Vietnamese to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases Base 2 in Hanoi’s outskirt district of Dong Anh as Vietnam officially launched its COVID-19 inoculation drive on March 8, 2021. (Photo: NDO/Quoc Toan)
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NDO – The first day of Vietnam’s COVID-19 inoculation drive, on March 8, was a success without any abnormal reaction found in those receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine after injection.

>>> Vietnam starts COVID-19 vaccination

Yesterday, Vietnam kick-started its largest vaccination campaign ever by first giving the AstraZeneca vaccine to 377 medical workers in four venues in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the northern province of Hai Duong.

Those vaccinated are medical staff directly treating COVID-19 patients and performing tasks in taking samples, testing and tracing, as well as members of community-based anti-COVID-19 groups. Specifically, the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases Base 2 in Hanoi’s outskirt district of Dong Anh injected 66 people, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases of Ho Chi Minh City injected 104, while 207 others were also vaccinated at two injection sites in Hai Duong Province, namely Hai Duong City Medical Centre and Kim Thanh District Medical Centre.

According to the National Expanded Programme on Immunisation, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccination in Vietnam at all four vaccination sites on the first day was safe, with 100% of the vaccinated people reporting no post-vaccination response. The sites complied with the regulations of the Ministry of Health and ensured vaccination safety while actively preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Deputy Health Ministers Nguyen Truong Son, Do Xuan Tuyen and Tran Van Thuan led the relevant missions of the Ministry of Health to each vaccination site to inspect and supervise the preparation for the vaccination process. They highly appreciated the preparation for and implementation of vaccination at these locations.

Prof., Dr. Nguyen Van Kinh, President of Vietnam Association of Infectious Diseases cum former Director of National Hospital of Tropical Diseases, said that according to statistics, health workers accounted for 10% of COVID-19 cases. In Vietnam, fortunately, no medical staff has died during the three waves of COVID-19 infections, which can be said to be a huge victory. Statistics show that after the first injection, the immunity of the vaccinated person would reach about 61-67% efficacy in preventing COVID-19, increasing to 81% after the second dose is administered. After the injection, the medical staff will be monitored as well as take blood samples to check the amount of antibodies.

Today (Mar 9), the above vaccination sites continue to vaccinate as planned, and the programme also expand to Hanoi and Gia Lai Province. The remaining localities are planning to begin administering the vaccine in the near future.

Under a plan on receiving and using COVID-19 vaccines for priority groups in Hanoi approved yesterday, the capital city is set to inject 7,235 people (95%) with high risk of COVID-19 infection in its first inoculation drive, including medical staff and those participating in the epidemic prevention and control.

The Steering Committee for COVID-19 Response in Hanoi said that after receiving 8,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, starting from March 9, Hanoi will commence vaccination at Thanh Nhan Hospital, with all necessary equipment and staff to deal with post-injection shock reactions, as well as building electronic health monitoring profiles to help the vaccinated to follow up and respond to health facilities in a timely manner.

Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Chu Xuan Dung requested that the Hanoi Department of Health actively coordinate with the concerned units to urgently deploy vaccination to the right subjects in a fair, open, serious, safe and effective manner. He also requested that districts and towns in Hanoi create the optimal conditions for the relics to reopen but must ensure the epidemic prevention and control requirements.