In the Expanded Immunisation Programme for the 2021-2030 period under Resolution No.104 of the Government, it determines that free cervical cancer vaccination will be given to girls from 2026.
In Vietnam, cervical cancer is one of the 10 cancers has the highest number of new cases and deaths, especially women aged 15-44, the death rate from cervical cancer is the 5th highest compared to other types of cancer. Dr. Tran Dang Khoa, Deputy Director of the Department of Maternal and Child Health (Ministry of Health) said: The incidence of cervical cancer in our country is 13,6 per 100,000 women. This figure in Hanoi is 6,5/100,000, and 26/100,000 in Ho Chi Minh City.
To date, there is no specific medicine for HPV that causes cervical cancer, and vaccination is the most effective way to have active antibodies to revent the disease. However, the current cost of vaccination ranges from 850,000 VND to 2,500,000 VND for 1 injection, of which a person needs to get 2 to 3 injections.
The Government has agreed with the roadmap to increase the number of vaccines in the Expanded Immunization Program 2021 – 2030 of the Ministry of Health.
Specifically, a rotavirus vaccine, a vaccine against pneumococcal disease, a vaccine against cervical cancer, and a vaccine against seasonal flu will be put on the route from 2022, 2025, 2026, and 2030, respectively. The scope and number of beneficiaries as proposed by the Ministry of Health.
The introduction of vaccine against cervical cancer into the Expanded Immunization Program is an important step forward, demonstrating the Government’s strong interest in caring for girls and women. If vaccination is implemented, it will reduce the number of cervical cancer cases, while reducing the screening burden on the community.