COVID-19 vaccination to begin in Vietnam on March 8

(VOVWORLD) - An inoculation program using AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to start next Monday, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long told a meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Friday.

COVID-19 vaccination to begin in Vietnam on March 8 - ảnh 1Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long speaks at the meeting on March 5, 2021. (Photo: VNA)

More than 110,000 doses of the vaccine, manufactured in South Korea, arrived in Vietnam last week.

Priority will be given to people at the front line of the fight against COVID-19, including health, army, police, customs and immigration personnel; those working in sectors offering essential services like aviation, transport, tourism and education; people with chronic illnesses or above 65 years old; those living in pandemic-hit areas; the poor and beneficiaries of social welfare policy.

People getting the shots will be monitored via digital health records and receive e-certificates for their completion of inoculation.

Vietnam plans to import about 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines this year.