Vietnam: No need to test for SARS-CoV-2 for employees who have received the full dose of vaccine

This is the remarkable content at Official Dispatch 8228/BYT-MT of the Ministry of Health of Vietnam on SARS testing guidelines- CoV-2 for production and business establishments.

No testing for SARS-CoV-2 for employees at production and business establishments that have received the full dose of vaccine (Artwork)

According to the Official Dispatch, the regulations on testing for SARS-CoV-2 for production and business establishments are as follows:

- Carry out screening tests for all cases of employees with suspected symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing... or related epidemiological factors.

- Carry out periodic testing for employees. Specifically:

- Carry out periodic testing for employees. Specifically:


Local implementation

Employees have

high risk (leader

production team, manager

workshop, leader

company, receptionist, ...)*

Service provider

directly for business establishments

(provide meals, food)

products, raw materials,

security services, cleaning)*


Provinces and cities have

very high risk in Vietnam

Weekly test

minimum for 20%


Weekly test for

all workers.


Provinces and cities have

high risk and have

risk in Vietnam

Test 02

Minimum time/week for

5-10% of employees.

Test every 2 weeks

for all workers


* Not applicable to people who have received the full dose of vaccine (last dose given within at least 14 days and not more than 12 months), or have recovered from COVID-19 within 06 months (If yes, only recommended, optional).

- Test technique by RT-PCR or rapid antigen test.

- The test results must be reported immediately to the district-level health center where the production and business establishment closes its legs (Within about 2 hours after the end of the test day and immediately after there is a positive case). with SARS-CoV-2).

Production and business establishments, if self-testing by rapid SARS-COV-2 antigen test, must be guided by the Provincial Center for Disease Control or the District Health Center.

The SARS-COV-2 antigen rapid test must be on the list of which has been granted a circulation registration number or an import license by the Ministry of Health of Vietnam.

Production and business establishments are solely responsible for the quality of antigen tests, testing procedures and results.

The district-level Health Center is responsible for inspecting and supervising the implementation and immediately and properly handling the report when receiving a report of test results with a positive case for SARS-CoV-2.

For drivers transporting goods joint provinces and cities: If moving from an area where social distancing is implemented under Directive 16/CT-TTg to an adjacent area where a low disease risk level is applied, the test must be performed by a medical facility.

The time for testing is in accordance with the provisions of Official Dispatch 5753/BYT-MT of Vietnam dated July 19, 2021 on testing and creating favourable conditions for cargo carriers.

Official Dispatch 8228/BYT-MT  of Vietnam was promulgated on September 30, 2021.

Bao Ngoc


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