Schools in Vietnam Reopen After One Year Close

Schools in Vietnam Reopen After One Year Close

More than 17 million students in Vietnam will return to school on Monday (7/2/2022) for the first time in about a year, the Health Ministry said, as authorities announced plans for a Covid-19 vaccination program for children over the age of 5. The Southeast Asian nation removed many of its Covid-19 restrictions in October. However, almost all students have been restricted from taking online classes since the beginning of last year.

Ummatimes - Most schools will reopen by mid-February, the ministry said in a statement. In a separate statement over the weekend, the government said it plans to buy 21.9 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5-12 years.

More than 75 percent of Vietnam's 98 million population have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and authorities intend to provide a booster for all adults by the end of March.

Schools in the capital Hanoi will reopen from Tuesday by implementing precautionary measures such as temperature checks and health protocols in case of positive cases, authorities said. Vietnam managed to control the pandemic for most of 2020 before the Delta variant caused a spike in infections last year.

The Ministry of Health said there were 14,112 new cases reported on Sunday (6/2/2022). To date, Vietnamese authorities have recorded 2.34 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 38,300 deaths due to COVID-19.