Five days after Ho Chi Minh City’s youth union and students’ association posted recruitment information for members of the ‘Quick response teams for COVID-19 prevention and control’ on June 3, more than 5,500 young people registered for the event. The volunteers are tasked with supporting anti-pandemic forces at quarantined and blockaded areas as well as COVID-19 checkpoints across the city.

On July 10, 23-year-old soldier Hoang Quang Minh from the Military Command of Binh Chanh Commune, Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, penned a letter for a volunteer position in the fight against COVID-19 in the city. Minh is now working as a volunteer at a field hospital in Vinh Loc B Commune, Binh Chanh District.

In a similar letter, Phan Thi Tram Anh, an 11th grader at Lap Vo 2 High School in Lap Vo District, Dong Thap Province, wrote: “With the vitality and enthusiasm spirit of youth, I always want to contribute to the prevention and control of COVID-19 and the protection of people’s health”.

Tram Anh is now working from 7AM to 7PM at the COVID-19 checkpoint at the border area between the provinces of Dong Thap and An Giang, assisting people in making health declarations before entering the locality.

Meanwhile, in her letter sent to the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in Truong Long Commune in early June, Chan Tran Ngoc Dieu Thuy, a 17-year-old student at Phan Van Tri High School in Phong Dien District, Can Tho City, expressed her wish to become a “soldier” in the COVID-19 fight in her hometown.

Receiving approval from the functional forces, Thuy has worked at the medical checkpoint on 926 Road from 7:30AM to 6PM every day.

Chan Tran Ngoc Dieu Thuy assists people in filling health declaration forms at the medical checkpoint in 926 Road. (Photo:

Thousands of young people across the country volunteered to participate in anti-pandemic activities in the northern province of Bac Giang as the locality was the country’s biggest COVID-19 hotspot in May, forcing many areas, industrial zones and residential areas to be locked down and affecting the lives of thousands of people.

One of the volunteers was 24-year-old Dang Minh Tri, who travelled more than 500 km from his hometown in Quang Binh Province to Bac Giang to join the battle against the COVID-19.

Nguyen Vu Trung Hieu, a 41-year-old resident from Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, also headed to Bac Giang to donate VND100 million and join the volunteer activities to support the pandemic response in the locality.

Upon reading news about the COVID-19 situation in Bac Giang, Le Hoang Thao, a student at Chi Lang High School in Pleiky City, Gia Lai Province, sent a letter to the youth unions of Gia Lai Province and Bac Giang Province, expressing his hope to share a helping hand in the fight against COVID-19 in Bac Giang.

The letters of volunteer participation in COVID-19 battle demonstrated Vietnamese youth’s responsibility and desire to contribute to the community, helping to promote solidarity and determination among the community to overcome difficulties and drive back the pandemic.