Ho Chi Minh City prioritizes vaccination against COVID-19 for workers

Ho Chi Minh City is preparing to deploy a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination campaign. In the photo: vaccination against COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City – Photo: DUYEN PHAN

Deputy Minister Nguyen Truong Son – permanent head of the Department of Health of the Ministry of Health in Ho Chi Minh City – said that the campaign to inject 836,000 doses of the vaccine will start at the Ho Chi Minh City Hi-Tech Park (Thu Duc City).

Injection boot for 500 workers

According to Mr. Nguyen Truong Son, currently, workers are the group with the highest priority for vaccination, especially those working in industrial parks – export processing zones, to ensure the operation of production chains. clearly.

“This is the force that directly produces material wealth for the society, so in this context it will be prioritized” – Mr. Son affirmed.

A representative of Thu Duc City Medical Center said that it is expected that the number of workers in Ho Chi Minh City’s Hi-Tech Park will be vaccinated on the first day of about 400-500 people. Thu Duc City Medical Center mobilizes 5 vaccination teams (5 people each) and is expected to complete the injection within one session.

Previously, the health sector had notified units of priority groups and industrial parks, export processing zones and high-tech zones to make a list of injection subjects (name, address, phone number, place of administration, etc.) work).

Labor groups in industrial parks, export processing zones and high-tech zones are notified of priority for registration of injections, including: people who have been in contact with F1 cases after the isolation is over; people living in areas with infected people or returning from outbreaks; leaders of production facilities, workshops and departments; delivery people, goods suppliers and a number of subjects doing security services, cleaning, serving meals in industrial parks and export processing zones.

Comply with 5K CZK even after injection

When the Government officially allocated a batch of 836,000 doses of vaccine (from the aid of the Japanese Government) to Ho Chi Minh City, on June 17, the Department of Health sent an urgent document to vaccination facilities across the city to It is recommended to urgently organize teams to participate in vaccination for priority subjects according to resolution 21.

Specifically, Ho Chi Minh City mobilized forces from wards to central health facilities, public and private hospitals, institutes and vaccination system of Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company (VNVC). . Up to now, Ho Chi Minh City has prepared 1,032 vaccination teams, each team has at least 3 medical staff trained in vaccination expertise.

Today (June 19), the Ministry of Health will organize training for health workers across Ho Chi Minh City, in order to meet the requirements of safe vaccination for large-scale vaccination campaigns in the near future. .

Due to the large number of injections, each group is informed of the specific injection schedule of the time and location by phone. Before the injection, they will be screened, and after the injection, there will be a waiting room to watch for at least 30 minutes and oral ginger tea.

Before, during and after injection, each person must strictly comply with the 5K epidemic prevention rules (mask, distance, disinfection, medical declaration, not gathering) of the Ministry of Health.

Diseases to watch out for when injecting

According to the Ministry of Health, AstraZeneca is a new vaccine and there have been some unwanted reactions. Therefore, pre-injection screening is essential. There are about 15 groups classified by the Ministry of Health as having to delay or be cautious when vaccinating.

Specifically: people with acute disease, terminal cancer, people who are receiving high-dose corticosteroids or receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy in the previous 14 days, people who have had other vaccines in the previous 14 days, people with COVID- 19 within 6 months, people over 65 years of age have thrombocytopenia and blood clotting disorders…

In addition, the Ministry of Health also recommends a number of diseases that vaccination staff need to be careful about when injecting such as people with a history of allergy to vaccine components, people with serious underlying diseases, chronic diseases that have not been treated. stable value; people who have lost consciousness, lost behavioral capacity and have chronic diseases with abnormal signs of vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, breathing rate…). In particular, those who have had an anaphylactic reaction of grade 2 or higher in the previous injection should not inject the next dose.

The Ministry of Health said that after receiving this vaccine, about 30% of people will experience mild reactions such as fever, diarrhea, pain at the injection site… About 0.1% have more severe reactions: angioedema at the injection site. injection site, blood pressure jam, anaphylaxis. The Ministry of Health recommends that when having these reactions, it is necessary to go to the nearest medical facility for treatment.

* How should follow-up after being vaccinated against COVID-19?

– According to the Ministry of Health’s Guide to monitoring abnormal incidents after COVID-19 vaccination, vaccinated people need to stay at the vaccination site to monitor their health for at least 30 minutes after vaccination.

Monitor health at home within 7 days after injection: general condition, spirit, eating, sleeping, breathing, rash, symptoms at injection site and immediately notify medical staff when there are abnormal signs.

The vaccinated person should immediately contact the nearest hospital or medical facility if after vaccination has one of the following signs: high fever (above 39oC) continuously, cyanosis, difficulty breathing, vomiting, struggling, lethargy… or when the usual reactions (swelling, heat, redness, pain, itching at the injection site, discomfort, fatigue, fever, chills, headache, nausea, joint pain, muscle fatigue, loss of appetite) occur. , abdominal pain, lymphadenopathy, profuse sweating, rash) persists for more than 24 hours after injection.

* Can pregnant or breastfeeding women get the COVID-19 vaccine?

According to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccination Practice Manual, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology recommends vaccinating pregnant women if the benefits of vaccination outweigh the potential risks. of vaccines, for example they are healthcare workers or have comorbidities that are in a high-risk group for severe COVID-19 infection.

Similarly, breastfeeding women also need to be vaccinated if they are in a high-risk group for COVID-19 such as healthcare workers.

Pregnant women do not need to take a pregnancy test before getting the injection. Breastfeeding mothers do not need to temporarily stop breastfeeding after vaccination.


Over 2.3 million doses of vaccine needed for priority groups

According to the statistics of the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City, the amount of COVID-19 vaccine needed to give priority to free injections according to the Government’s resolution 21 totals 2,385,223 doses. In which, people in Go Vap district, Tan Thoi Nhat and Thanh Loc wards of District 12, workers in EPZs and EPZs up to 1,116,811 doses (only 320,000 doses for EPZ workers); people over 65 years old is 608,716 doses and poor people, social policy beneficiaries is 202,443 doses.



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