We partner with Vietnam’s health system to integrate COVID-19 vaccinations with routine immunization activities.
MOMENTUM is partnering with nearly 40 countries to accelerate progress and advance USAID’s work to save lives and improve health outcomes for women, children, families, and communities in all of their diversity. MOMENTUM brings together specialized technical and country expertise through six distinct yet integrated awards with the depth and breadth of experience to spur reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity.
In Vietnam, MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity provides technical assistance to the National Expanded Program on Immunization to expand COVID-19 vaccination among marginalized and vulnerable populations.
Vaccinating Vietnam Against COVID-19
Overall, Vietnam has high vaccination rates against COVID-19.1 However, vaccinations have been less accessible to those living in remote areas or with mobility challenges due to age, socio-economic status, or disability. In the central and northern provinces of Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh, Quang Nam, and Ninh Thuan, MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity partnered with Vietnam’s National and Regional Expanded Program on Immunization and provincial authorities from April 2021 to September 2022 to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination among marginalized and vulnerable groups, including ethnic minorities and other populations living in remote areas. The project helped implement microplanning for vaccination coverage, built health workers’ capacity to deliver the vaccines, strengthened vaccine storage and delivery practices, provided supportive supervision, supported a mobile vaccination strategy for bringing last-mile vaccination to the hard-to-reach populations, and evaluated vaccination coverage across the five provinces.
Building on this work, MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity is now working in Hoa Binh and Quang Nam Provinces to help integrate COVID-19 vaccines with routine immunizations for children under 12 through coordination with schools and other mobile vaccination sites. MOMENTUM strengthens the capacity of health staff to monitor the supply of vaccines and ensure they are safe, especially when vaccines are transported and administered outside of health facilities. We are also training health and non-health staff on demand generation, risk communication, and community engagement. MOMENTUM disseminates evidence and lessons learned from our work in Vietnam to regional, national, and global audiences.
Watch how we’ve vaccinated hard-to-reach populations in Vietnam against COVID-19.
Our Achievements in Vietnam
1.6 million unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people identified
MOMENTUM identified over 1.6 million people who were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in disadvantaged villages and communes through household surveys.
737,977 COVID-19 vaccines administered
From October 2021 to September 2022, MOMENTUM supported mobile vaccination sites administered 737,977 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
1318 mobile vaccination sites
From October 2021 to September 2022, MOMENTUM established 1,318 mobile vaccination sites in Vietnam.
Watch the video below to learn how we’re vaccinating hard-to-reach populations in Vietnam against COVID-19.
MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity: JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., PATH, National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, National Expanded Program on Immunization, Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang, Centers for Disease Control of Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh, Quang Nam, and Ninh Thuan
Learn more about USAID’s work in Vietnam.
- “Vietnam.” COVID-19 Task Force. https://data.covid19taskforce.com/data/countries/Vietnam
Last updated February 2024.