Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa province suspended using Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine batch after more than 120 students were hospitalized after the vaccination.
As reported by VN Express, the central province region had started vaccinating children aged 15 to 17 with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine from November 30th.
However, the Regional Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Thursday that more than 120 children had been hospitalized after developing symptoms such as nausea, high fever or difficulty in breathing.
The center said 17 of them had severe reactions but their health had stabilized and they were still being monitored in the hospital. Thanh Hoa authorities are yet to confirm the cause of their symptoms.
Luong Ngoc Truong, the Thanh Hoa CDC director, stated that the province had halted the use of the current batch of vaccines.
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“We still have other batches, also Pfizer vaccines, so we will continue vaccinating the children,” he said.
Truong added that the suspended batch was going to be stored away and could potentially be used later for other age groups like the adults.
Vu Van Chinh, director of the Ha Trung District General Hospital, said side effects after vaccination were normal but would occur more commonly in children rather than adults.
“Those who have reactions or faint need to be separated so no chain reaction occurs,” said Chinh.
In Bac Giang, Hanoi and Binh Phuoc, three children died over the last week after being vaccinated with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. “Overreaction to the vaccine,” was officially stated as the cause of death.
The past week also witnessed deaths of four workers in Thanh Hoa’s Kim Viet Shoe factory after their Vero Cell Covid-19 vaccination. This was also stated to be an “overreaction.”
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