On July 30 Ho Chi Minh City authorities announced efforts to vaccinate 70% of Ho Chi Minh City’s 18 and older population before the end of August. Vaccinations are to be made available to anyone 18 and older regardless of nationality. While this is part of a larger national campaign, it is being operationally organized at the ward level by local authorities. Different wards may use different methods for registration: via online forms including the national portal, by residential complex, or even in-person registration via house calls. We urge U.S. citizens to consult local contacts including neighbors, landlords, employers, and Vietnamese authorities to ensure you do not miss any opportunity to register for a vaccine.
The U.S. Mission will continue to ensure that American citizens living in Vietnam have equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine alongside Vietnamese citizens.
The U.S. Consulate General advises U.S. citizens in Ho Chi Minh City and throughout Vietnam to register via the national vaccination portal. In some instances, local authorities and vaccination centers are using this portal as the communication mechanism to inform people when to go for their vaccines. In addition, the U.S. Consulate General urges U.S. citizens to be on the lookout for any local public calls, especially at the ward level, for vaccination campaigns.
The vaccination portal is currently available only in Vietnamese. At the bottom of this post are steps explaining the registration process. The portal can also be translated into English using Google Translate or Bing Translator. Please note that the Department of State does not manage the Vietnamese vaccination portal and cannot guarantee how entered information is used or stored.
We recommend U.S. citizens check the Embassy’s COVID-19 page daily for information. We also encourage U.S. citizens to register and update their information with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
Steps to Register on the Vaccination Portal
We have published a step-by-step guide with photos explaining how to register in the vaccine portal here.
The national vaccine registration portal has four steps and requires a passport number and a working Vietnamese cell phone number. One family member can sign up other family members, provided they are over 18 years of age.
The first step, or initial page, requests basic biographical information such as name, date of birth, address, profession, and Vietnamese cell phone number. Note that there is an ethnicity and nationality question that are set to defaults. The ethnicity tab can be left blank, but nationality must be selected.
After completing the first page, the second page asks questions regarding medical history. Some of these questions include if you have had COVID-19 within the last six months or experienced anaphylactic shock. Some questions, if answered in the affirmative, request additional information.
The third step is to sign the vaccination consent form informing vaccination recipients that no vaccine is 100% guaranteed, that any vaccine has a at least a small risk of side effects, and that if recipients experience adverse side effects, they should seek medical treatment.
Agreeing to the consent form triggers the final step, which is a 6-digit verification code. The code will be sent to the phone number users entered in the first step. The last page is simply a confirmation that the registration is complete.