Hanoi steps up vaccination amid increasing COVID-19, dengue fever cases hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Districts in Hanoi have stepped up the communication work on vaccination, given increasing cases of COVID-19 over the past days with the detection of Omicron subvariant BA.5.

Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Health Vu Cao Cuong said between June 28 and July 4, the capital city reported 1,538 cases, up 36.5% as compared with the previous week.

He explained that the rise was due to people’s negligence, along with limitations in the communication work.

Notably, some COVID-19 patients have been also infected with dengue fever, which is at its peak time in Vietnam.

As of July 3, 99.9% of the local population aged over 18 years old got at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccines, 96.5% received the third dose, and 15.6% were given with the second booster (fourth dose).

For children aged from 5 to 12, only 20.07% have been administered with the first dose, Director of the municipal Department of Health Tran Thi Nhi Ha said, noting that the inoculation for children needs the consensus of their families as well as the drastic engagement of agencies and the public.

Addressing a meeting on July 6, Deputy Secretary of the city Party Committee Nguyen Van Phong stressed the need to intensify the pandemic combat with the highest sense of responsibility, and speed up vaccination.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 913 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Vietnam on July 6, bringing the national caseload to 10,751,227 since the pandemic broke out.

More than 234.28 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Vietnam so far.

The Ministry of Health has asked for more drastic measures to curb the spread of dengue fever, given a high number of new cases recorded recently.

The ministry said from the beginning of this year to June 24, Vietnam had reported around 77,000 dengue fever cases, up more than 10,000 cases compared to that in the previous week, and 30 fatalities./.