The above opinion was stated by Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Nguyen Tan Binh at a meeting with Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen, on the morning of March 26.

Doctor Nguyen Tri Dung, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC), said the city currently has about 40 paid quarantine hotels.

`Recently, many hotels have recorded imported cases of Covid-19. Although there have been no cases of transmission in the hotel, it is very important to vaccinate this group,` Mr. Dung said.

In total, with two groups of hotel quarantine staff and airport staff, Ho Chi Minh City proposed that the Ministry of Health add 7,000-8,000 doses of vaccine.

Previously, Resolution 21 of the Government issued at the end of February clearly stated that 9 groups were eligible for free vaccination, the remaining allowed vaccination in the form of socialization.

Currently, Ho Chi Minh City has deployed Covid-19 vaccination in 8 hospitals, including Tropical Diseases Hospital, District 11, Hung Vuong, Cu Chi district, Trung Vuong, Tan Binh, Binh Chanh, Cu Chi Field.

Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Nguyen Huu Hung said that in this round, HCDC received 8,000 doses of vaccine to vaccinate priority subjects, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases received 900 doses and Cu Chi Field Hospital received

7 groups are being prioritized for vaccination in Ho Chi Minh City including staff taking care of Covid-19 patients;

`Even in the spirit of making a priority list, injectors still have to sign a consent commitment before getting vaccinated,` Mr. Dung said.

According to Mr. Binh, Ho Chi Minh City has determined the goal of managing the source of infection well in the community, administering vaccines quickly, on schedule, and ensuring safety.

Associate Professor Phan Trong Lan, Director of Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, suggested that when planning vaccination, the city should not recommend individual subjects but need a comprehensive plan.

`It is necessary to vaccinate immediately and vaccinate all the vaccines like the Ho Chi Minh City Tropical Diseases Hospital, so that frontliners have immediate immunity,` Mr. Lan said.

Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen commented that Ho Chi Minh City’s Covid-19 prevention work is different from other localities, and it is necessary to speed up the vaccination process.

Vaccination of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for medical staff at Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases on March 8.

As of 4:00 p.m. on March 25, 42,225 people in 19 provinces and cities have been vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccine, including medical officers and staff directly treating Covid-19 patients, and medical staff performing their duties.

On the morning of March 26, the Ministry of Health recorded two cases of Covid-19 illegally entering the country by fishing boat from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh City, then one person flew to Hai Phong.

Le Phuong