At the vaccination site (Photo: VNE) According to the Ha Tinh Health Department, the live-streamed vaccination campaign, which took place at Ha Tinh general hospital, aims at lecturing lower-level hospitals before they deploy their Covid-19 vaccination plan. To date, Ha Tinh has been distributed 7,300 doses of the imported AstraZeneca from the Ministry of Health. An estimated 9,000 individuals working in medical facilities, the Steering Committee for Covid-19 at the provincial and district level, are prioritized for the first batches of Covid-19 vaccine. Those who are the most vulnerable to nCoV are first in line for the vaccine due to the limited source. Ha Tinh Health Department regulates injecting at most 50 individuals in one session. All vaccinated people are given a certificate confirming their Covid-19 vaccination status.
On April 15 morning, Ha Tinh General Hospital was the first medical unit in the province to start injecting the UK’s AstraZeneca jabs frontline workers. The first 46 recipients are all in stable health now, no side effects post-injection reported. The Provincial Health Department has established three out-of-hospital emergency teams to promptly handle possible injection problems. “30 mins after getting vaccinated, my body is in stable health condition”, Dr. Hoang Viet Ha, the first recipient in Ha Tinh General Hospital, was quoted by VNE as saying.
Vietnam to continue its AstraZeneca inoculation campaign. Photo: Dan Tri To date, over 62,000 people in 19 provinces and cities have received AstraZeneca vaccine. They are officers, medical staff directly treating Covid-19 patients, or performing tasks including taking samples, testing, contact tracing; members of Covid-19 prevention Steering Committee, police officers. Some provinces, cities are planning to launch the second round of vaccination. There have been no cases of blood clots recorded. All recipients with severe reactions were timely treated and now in stable health conditions. Therefore, Vietnam will continue its Covid-19 inoculation campaign using the AstraZeneca vaccine, said the Health Ministry.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said blood clots were very rare side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine, adding that the vaccine's benefits far outweigh its risks. Thus, countries should continue to use it. The world is experiencing an insufficient supply of vaccines. Therefore, Vietnam has had to make efforts to procure the vaccines to inoculate its citizens. Amidst the complicated development of Covid-19 in many countries in the world, the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on April 14 sent an urgent official dispatch to provinces of Quang Ninh, Hai Duong, Tay Ninh, and cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh on strengthening epidemic prevention measures, Dan Tri reported. The dispatch underscored the need to closely monitor the entrants especially illegal ones as well as accelerate the vaccination program. Denmark has become the first country in Europe to abandon AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine, Euronews reported. The decision was taken due to the vaccine's link with very rare cases of blood clots, the country's health agency said. Søren Brostrøm, director of the agency, said despite the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) favoring the use of the AstraZeneca jab, Denmark's vaccine campaign would continue without it.
"Overall, we must say that the results show that there is a real and serious side effect signal in the vaccine from AstraZeneca," said Brostrøm in a statement.
In Denmark, two recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine have suffered severe blood clots, one of which was fatal.