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HCM City prioritises vaccinations for persons aged over 65, those with chronic diseases

People aged 65 and above and those with underlying health conditions in Ho Chi Minh City are on the priority list for vaccination against COVID-19 in the fifth phase of its inoculation drive, which is set to begin on July 22.

Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Health Nguyen Huu Hung made the statement during a conference updating the city pandemic situation late July 21.

The targeted group will get their jabs at hospitals, he added.

The fifth phase, with 930,000 doses to be administered, will be carried out at 20 hospitals, alongside 615 commune- and ward-based vaccination sites. It is scheduled to complete in two weeks.

In addition to the group of persons aged 65 and above and those with underlying health conditions, priority will be also given to preferential social policy and welfare beneficiaries, the poor, the vulnerable, medical and other frontline workers.

The city has so far received 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the Ministry of Health. The ministry plans to supply three million more doses to the city in late August and early September, raising the total doses sent to the city to 5 million.

As of July 22 morning, HCM City had reported 43,776 coronavirus cases since the fourth wave hit Vietnam on April 27, making it the country’s largest hotspot. As many as 4,837 COVID-19 patients had been discharged from hospitals as of the end of July 21, according to the city’s Department of Health./.