Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son said the COVID-19 vaccination rate among people above 12 in Vietnam is high and the injection of the booster jab for people above 18 is underway. With a high vaccination rate for high-risk groups, Vietnam is capable of expanding vaccinations to other age groups including children from 5 to 12, said Mr. Son adding that this is the focus of the health sector in 2022.
The first batch of vaccine administered to children in this age group is Moderna, sponsored by the Australian Government. The shipment arrived in Vietnam on April 8.
The vaccine is being given to sixth-grade pupils first. The two vaccines approved for use on children aged 5 to 11 are Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.