COVID-19 vaccination for French nationals underway in HCM City hinh anh 1A French citizen gets vaccinated at FV Hospital (Photo: courtesy of FV hospital)

HCM City (VNA) –
FV Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City is running a vaccination drive targeting 5,000 French citizens and their family members in southern Vietnam, which began on July 29.

Vincent Floreani, Consul General of France in HCM City, said: “I am very grateful to the Vietnamese Government for supporting us to be able to implement the vaccination programme for the French community. We also appreciate the organisation of FV Hospital from the phase of registration to vaccination”.

Under the drive, 10,000 shots of Moderna vaccine will be given to the group. About 500 people are set to be vaccinated on a daily basis.

Jean-Marcel Guillon, Chief Executive Officer of FV Hospital, said the injection procedure is done safely following COVID-19 prevention and control measures, including the city’s current social distancing regulations.

Expressing her joy after getting her shot on July 29, French national Estelle Bolengiar expressed her surprise when she and her family were vaccinated in Vietnam so soon. She said the vaccination is a great effort of the French Consulate with support from the Vietnamese Government.

Also on the morning of the same day, 659,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in the pandemic stricken city, which has so far vaccinated about 300,000 people./.