VOV.VN - As many as 196.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered nationwide, according to the National COVID-19 Vaccine Portal.
Of the total, nearly 179 million doses have been injected to people aged 18 years old and above. A further 14 million people aged 18 and above have also been inoculated with booster doses, while 25 million have been given additional doses.
At present, 62 out of 63 provinces and cities have now had over 90% of the population aged 18 years and older receive two doses of vaccines.
Meanwhile, approximately 17 million doses have been given to children aged 12 to 17. About 54 out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide have had over 90% of the population in this age group receive two doses of vaccines.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has requested that local authorities effectively ramp up the campaign to increase the vaccination coverage nationwide.
The MoH is now speeding up procedures for a contract with Pfizer to purchase 21.9 million vaccine doses for children aged five to 11 in March. According to schedule, first seven million vaccine doses for these children will arrive in the first quarter, and the remaining 14.9 million doses are set to be delivered in the second quarter.