Deputy health minister Trinh Quan Huan said on October 29 that the ministry is about to submit to the government a plan to vaccinate around 500,000 highly-risk individuals against A/H1N1.

Huan said at first, free vaccination will be provided to 500,000 people, including pregnant women, those suffering chronic diseases and, healthcare workers treating A/H1N1 patients in some provinces and cities with high numbers of swine flu cases like Hanoi and HCM City. 

Nguyen Tran Hien, director of the Central Epidemiology Institute, said these people have to show documents proving their health conditions. 

Besides the above 500,000 vaccine doses, the World Health Organisation (WHO) will also supply Vietnam 1 million doses, although the date is yet to be fixed, Huan announced. 

Vietnam only permits the import of vaccines that are recommended by the WHO, which have been used safely in the US and Europe. 

GSK will start to import A/H1N1 vaccine to Vietnam from  December 2009. 

Source: VietNamNet/Tuoi Tre