Chairman calls for donations to COVID-19 vaccination program


VGP - Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh has called upon local organizations, businesses and people to donate to the city’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

In a letter issued on June 16, Chairman Chu and Chairwoman of the city’s Fatherland Front Committee Nguyen Lan Huong urged organizations, businesses and residents of Ha Noi to share the responsibility with the city by contributing money and resources to the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.

This aims to help the city soon achieve herd immunity against the virus and bring life back to normal, the letter said.

The city is expected to host a show called “Ha Noi chung tay hanh dong day lui dich COVID-19” (Ha Noi joins hands to fight COVID-19) at the Friendship Culture Palace at 8:00pm on June 19. It will be broadcast live.

Earlier, in the recently-approved vaccination plan, the city set a target to inoculate 95% of local residents against COVID-19 this year and the next year to build community immunity.

Under the plan, the drive will cover two groups. The first one consists of prioritized people, including frontline medical staff, army and public security officers, diplomatic officials, and customs officers, among others.

The second group includes people from 18 to 65 years old, who do not belong to the prioritized groups.

The capital will mobilize human resources from medical establishments and training facilities to conduct the COVID-19 immunization campaign, with funding from the State and municipal budgets as well as other legal sources.

With a population of about 10 million people, Hanoi needs at least 5-6 million doses worth more than VND1 trillion (US$43.6 million) for the first round of vaccination to build herd immunity.

Among the hardest-hit localities, Ha Noi is still at high risk of infection. Accordingly, Ha Noi will use 91,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine delivered by the Ministry of Health to inject four priority groups, with the inoculation drive set to run until July.

As of early June 18, Ha Noi documented 464 cases of community coronavirus infections./.  

By Kim Loan