Vietnam is ramping up its vaccination schedule in an effort to loosen coronavirus lockdown restrictions in major cities by the end of the month
The health ministry said more than one million vaccine shots were given over the weekend in Hanoi, out of about 5.5 million since vaccination began in March.
“We have to speed up the vaccination program so that we can plan to reopen the city,” Hanoi Mayor Chu Ngok Anh said on Sunday. More than half of the country’s 98 million population is also under lockdown.
About 80% of the city’s 5.7 million adults have received at least one shot, with officials aiming for 100% by the end of this week.
However, the country’s overall vaccination rate is still low at around 28%, and only 4% have been fully vaccinated with both jabs.
Vietnam managed to keep its infection rate relatively low with only 35 deaths as of April this year. It was praised last year for keeping the virus under control, a feat generally attributed to the discipline of being a single-party communist state with tight controls at all levels.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s business hub and hardest hit by the boom, more than 95% of adults have received the first vaccine, but many who need to come in for a second dose are not able to receive it. supply.
Vietnam is currently using AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and the China-made vaccine Synopharm.