COVID-19 vaccinations underway in Hai Phong, Bac Ninh hinh anh 1Social distancing measures applied in seven areas with 244 households in Hai Phong (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Authorities in the northern port city of Hai Phong started a COVID-19 vaccination programme for prioritised people in 15 areas and kicked off a COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the city.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Khac Nam asked the local healthcare sector to make full preparations and strictly ensure safety during the campaign.

According to the Director of the municipal Department of Health, Tran Anh Cuong, prioritised cases for shots in the first phase include medical staff who have been treating COVID-19 patients at the Viet Tiep Friendship Hospital, those involved in epidemiological investigations, sampling staff, those working at concentrated quarantine areas and other establishments used for quarantine, vaccination staff, and members of contact tracing teams.

COVID-19 vaccinations underway in Hai Phong, Bac Ninh hinh anh 2A man gets COVID-19 vaccine injection (Photo: VNA)

Regarding two new COVID-19 infections confirmed recently in the city, social distancing measures have been introduced in seven areas with 244 households, according to Hai Phong’s quick response team for COVID-19 prevention.

These areas were sprayed with disinfectant, and seven cases were placed under concentrated quarantine and five others were required to quarantine at home.

On March 10, the city was informed that two local residents tested positive to the coronavirus upon arriving in Australia.

The patients included a 42-year-old woman and her child, born in 2003, who reside on Nguyen Cong Tru Street in Le Chan district. They travelled to Hanoi on February 26 for COVID-19 tests the result of which was negative. They then flew to Australia on February 28 and arrived on March 1 after transiting in Singapore. The child tested positive for the coronavirus on March 2 and the woman on March 6 after testing negative on March 2.

The General Hospital of the northern province of Bac Ninh on March 11 also began providing COVID-19 vaccinations to medical staff in regular and direct contact with sources of the disease.

The hospital is the first in the locality to kick off a vaccination programme.

Bac Ninh has been allocated 2,900 doses in the first stage. Its programme is being conducted in 11 areas and is for those working at medical facilities as well as the police and armed forces./.