Con Dao Island commences COVID-19 vaccination drive for teens

Con Dao Island district in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau kick-started a COVID-19 vaccination drive on November 13 for children aged 12-17. With meticulous preparations in place, the vaccination drive - the sixth launched in the province - has been carried out in a smooth and safe fashion.

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Con Dao was allocated over 1,800 Pfizer vaccine doses to inject more than 900 children from 12-17 years of age. Parents or guardians must sign a vaccination agreement before their children receive the shots.

Children undergo a pre-vaccination screening and receive full advice from medical staff on the possible side-effects.

Vaccinations are prioritised for Grade 12 students, who will receive injections in different timeframes to ensure distancing.

To prepare for the vaccination drive, the People’s Committee of Con Dao district directed the health sector to join hands with the education sector to arrange a schedule and deliver health declaration papers to students. The two sectors have paid due attention to communications work to raise public awareness about the advantages of children being vaccinated, and the vaccine’s safety and its possible side-effects.

Con Dao Island is expected to complete the vaccination drive on November 15. Three weeks later, it will arrange a second dose for students.

Earlier, more than 7,800 local people aged 18 and over in the tourism destination received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, accounting for nearly 94 percent of the island’s population./.

VNA