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Mekong Delta localities speed up COVID-19 vaccinations

Provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta region have been speeding up COVID-19 vaccinations as they have received more vaccines from the Ministry of Health.

The Health Department of Can Tho city reported that the city has received nearly 40,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 500,000 doses of Vero Cell vaccine, which will be injected to prioritised groups, including the elderly, people in quarantine and high-risk areas, workers, teachers and students.

Duong Tan Hien, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that once finishing this campaign, Can Tho’s vaccine coverage will reach about 60 percent.

Meanwhile, in Soc Trang province, the provincial Health Department has been conducting the injection of 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to local residents since October 10, which is scheduled to finish on November 15.

Tran Van Lau, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said that priority will be given to two high-risk localities, namely Vinh Chau township and Tran De district. Prioritised groups include workers in enterprises, industrial parks and business facilities, he added.

At the same time, on October 11, Tra Vinh province mobilised forces to administer 500,000 Vero Cell vaccine doses allocated by the Ministry of Health to local residents, said Kien Soc Kha, Director of the provincial Health Department.

Kha said that previously, Tra Vinh had received about 203,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines of different kinds. So far, 21 percent of local people aging from 18 years old have received the first shot, while 7 percent has been fully vaccinated. This time, the province will prioritise workers so that they can return to work.

In Ben Tre province, since October 10, the province has received 100,000 doses of Vero Cell vaccine as part of 500,000 doses it is allocated. The province plans to inject all the vaccines within October. Since April 27, 33.96 percent of local residents have receive the first vaccine shots, while 6.32 percent have fully got two shots./.