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Deputy Health Minister: ‘Compliance with 3 to 5 screenings, avoid mixing vaccines’

“Three checks and five mats must be followed when injecting vaccines,” Deputy Minister Tuyen said at an online meeting with localities implementing Covid-19 prevention and control, on the afternoon of November 5.

This rule includes checking patient name, drug name, dose; compare drug labels, medication time, drug quality, route of administration, number of beds and number of rooms. This is a well-known principle for medical staff, in order to ensure safety and avoid confusion in drug administration.

Tuyen made this request in the context of a recent incident of mistakenly injecting Covid-19 vaccine for 18 children aged 2-6 months in Hanoi, but did not mention the incident.

Localities and units review vaccination work, the number of vaccines injected, the rest, and human resources, especially in the 19 southern provinces, to report to the Ministry of Health before 5:00 p.m. on November 6. The Deputy Minister requested to speed up the vaccination schedule for people aged 18 and over (priority is given to people aged 50 and older); inject the 2nd dose to the person who has had the 1st injection for enough time; Vaccination for children 12-17 years old.

The two ministries of health and defense have agreed that “any locality that needs it will send military medical forces to support”.

“If we do not receive the report on time, it is considered that the locality does not need support. When there is a delay in vaccination, the Ministry of Health will transfer the vaccine to another place and lead the Department of Health. will have to be responsible to the provincial leaders for the delivery of the vaccine,” emphasized the deputy minister.

As of the evening of November 5, the whole country had injected more than 86.4 million doses of vaccine, of which 32.5 million people injected one dose and 26.9 million people injected 2 doses. For a week now, an average of 1.1 million doses per day have been injected. Some provinces have implemented vaccination for children 12-17 years old, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Da Nang, Quang Ninh, Ninh Binh… Currently, a total of more than 800,000 children have been vaccinated.

Nationally, the rate of injecting at least one dose of vaccine is 81.2%, with two doses of vaccine being 37.3% of the population aged 18 years and over.

Thirteen provinces with coverage of at least one dose of vaccine for over 95% of the population aged 18 and over are: Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria – Vung Train, Dong Nai, Long An, Lam Dong, Vinh Long, Binh Duong.

The 5 provinces with coverage of at least one dose of vaccine under 50% of the population aged 18 and over are Son La (42%), Nghe An (43.6%), Thanh Hoa (45.4%), Nam Dinh (42%), and Thanh Hoa (45.4%). 46.9%), Cao Bang (48.7%).

Leaders of the Department of Health in some localities in the group of low vaccination rates (number of injections compared to the number of vaccines allocated), explained that “the vaccination data has not kept pace with the vaccination rate” and said that they are coordinating Cooperate with relevant departments and branches to speed up data entry. Localities asked the Ministry of Health to allocate more vaccines to vaccinate children 12-17 years old.

Professor Dang Duc Anh, Director of the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, said that as soon as the vaccine is available, the Institute will follow the order of the Ministry of Health to allocate on the basis of the planned plan of the provinces and cities. Therefore, localities need to vaccinate people over 18 years old as soon as the number of vaccines has been allocated. Vaccines for children are distributed in separate batches.

Deputy Minister Do Xuan Tuyen at the meeting on the afternoon of November 5. Photo: Nguyen Nhien

The number of community cases and communes and wards that “change color” at the epidemic level have increased. In the past 7 days (October 29 – November 4), the whole country recorded 40,490 new cases, an increase of 12,632 cases compared to the previous 7 days. In which, 18,073 community cases, an increase of 6,324 cases compared to 7 days ago.

In the past week, there has been a change in the number of communes and wards that “change color” at the epidemic level: a decrease of 142 communes and wards at level 1 and 2; increased by 142 communes and wards at level 3 and 4. 4 areas with communes and wards increased to level 4. Localities check all people returning from provinces and cities with high number of infections (such as Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An…).

“Actively monitoring and testing high-risk cases and suspected signs of disease for early detection, isolation, health monitoring and timely handling of outbreaks,” Tuyen said.


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