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Vietnam approves COVID-19 vaccination for children

14 Oct 2021, 22:49 GMT+10

HANOI, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam's Ministry of Health has approved the vaccination against COVID-19 for children between 12 and 17 years old in the country.

According to a circular released by the ministry Thursday, based on the local vaccine supply and COVID-19 situation, local authorities are allowed to start with vaccinating children 16-17 years old before other younger age groups.

The vaccines to be used will be those approved by local health authorities for children's inoculation, the ministry said, without disclosing more information about the vaccines to be involved.

Localities can immediately kick off the vaccination campaign for children if they are well prepared, the circular said.

By Thursday, Vietnam has recorded a total of 853,842 COVID-19 cases, mostly in the ongoing wave of infections which started in late April.

Nearly 57.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including over 16.8 million second doses, have been administered in adults across the country, according to the health ministry.

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