KIEN GIANG (Vietnam), June 28 (Bernama): Resort island Phu Quoc in southern Vietnam plans to fully vaccinate its residents against Covid-19 by September to accommodate the wave of end foreign tourism year, as part of a pilot passport vaccination program, reported the Vietnamese News Agency (VNA).
At a meeting of the Ministry of Health with leaders of Kien Giang province on the prevention and control of Covid-19 and the implementation of a vaccine passport pilot project in the island city of Phu Quoc on Saturday, Mai Van Huynh, deputy secretary of Kien Giang’s Party Committee, said the plan is to carry out the first phase of vaccination in July and the second phase in September, with a total time required of around 16 to 18 weeks.
According to Huynh, it is estimated that 220,000 doses would be needed to completely inoculate the entire population of Phu Quoc.
The dose budget would be VND 29.3 billion (US $ 1.27 million) if the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine was used, or VND 40.3 billion (US $ 1.749 million) if the vaccine Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 was in use. .
The vaccination plan will be immediately executed once the vaccines are delivered, he said.
Fully vaccinated Russian tourists, who made up a large portion of visitors to Phu Quoc before the pandemic, would be the first to be greeted on the island in a “closed tourism model”, where they would stay in a resort and where movements are limit.
The model will be reviewed and tourists from other countries with high Covid-19 vaccine coverage could then also be allowed in.
Reopening to foreign tourism, however, requires the strengthening of the city’s medical capacities while health infrastructure remains limited, in order to ensure the safety and health of residents and tourists.
Vice Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen has proposed to establish two treatment centers for critically ill Covid-19 patients in Kien Giang – one at the provincial general hospital and one on Phu Quoc Island.
Tuyen wants all agencies involved to work with local authorities to develop a plan for vaccine passports to be submitted to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh for review by July 15.
Tourism is the mainstay of Phu Quoc’s economy. In 2020, tourists to the island fell 30.6% from 2019, with international tourists plunging even more, 76.1%, due to the border closure – Bernama