Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong has just signed a decision on the allocation plan of 746,460 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to provinces, cities and hospitals across the country.
This is the 8th round of vaccine allocation, with previous ones primarily AstraZeneca doses.
The first batch of 97,110 doses arrived on July 7, and subsequent doses in the amount would come within this month, the decision noted.
Under the allocation decision, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) of HCM City, which is currently experiencing the highest numbers of infections in the country, will receive the largest number of doses with nearly 54,990 in total.
The capital city of Hanoi's CDC will receive 38,610 doses, and Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces' CDCs, the two industrial bases in the southern region, will receive 25,740 doses each.
The military will be allocated 35,100 doses while police will get 43,290, respectively.
Other provinces and cities nation-wide will be allocated an average of 5,850 each.
There will also be 21 hospitals and universities nationwide designated as recipients of the Pfizer vaccine, of which Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital and Central Lung Hospital in Hanoi will get the most with 15,210 doses each.
HCM City’s Cho Ray Hospital and Hanoi’s Central Pediatric Hospital will receive 14,040 doses each, Hanoi’s E Hospital will receive 12,870 doses, and HCM City’s Thong Nhat Hospital will receive 11,700 doses.
About 105,000 doses would go to HCM City in total if allocations for the city's hospitals are counted.
The Ministry of Health assigned the National Expanded Programme on Immunisation, the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology to receive, store and transport the vaccines.
The mRNA vaccine vials, after being taken from cold storage, could be kept at a temperature of 2-8 degrees but must be used up within 31 days.
In cases where the vaccines are not used up, or more are needed, recipient organisations should coordinate with the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi or the Pasteur Institute in HCM City to actively re-allocate and organise further vaccinations.
The Ministry of Health has requested that due to the low number of vaccines available, Pfizer vaccine should be prioritised as a second shot to those who have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine eight to 12 weeks before, if he/she consents, marking for the first time that the health body has given permission to implement vaccine mixing.
The WHO cautioned that the decision of vaccine mixing should be left with public health authorities, not individuals, and that there is still not much data on safety or immunogenicity evaluation of this regimen.
As of July 13, 4,079,066 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, mostly AstraZeneca, have been administered in Vietnam, with 283,884 having received the full two doses.
Source: Vietnam News
Vietnam has signed contracts and been committed around 105 million vaccine doses of the 150 million it needs to cover 70 per cent of its population.