Last updated September 2021 | Words by Vietnam Coracle
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Vietnam is currently facing a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections that has been by far the worst outbreak since the pandemic began here in January, 2020. Almost all Vietnam’s COVID-19 cases have been recorded since May, 2021. Much of the nation is back in lock-down and, unlike most Western nations, Vietnam has yet to procure large numbers of vaccine doses, nor is the national vaccine program even close to reaching a significant percentage of the population. Despite this, Vietnam has done a spectacular job in containing COVID-19 so far compared to most countries. At the time of latest update (14 September, 2021), there were 625,000 reported cases nationwide, and 15,660 deaths. This is an extraordinary effort for a country of nearly 100 million people. But, things are getting worse. Vietnam needs your support. One way to help Vietnam fight the virus is to donate to both the Vaccine Fund and the general pandemic relief effort. If you’d like to contribute to the nation’s fight against the virus, please consider making a donation via one of the official channels listed below.
VIETNAM VS COVID-19: HOW TO DONATE
The financial costs of an effective fight against the COVID-19 virus and the acquisition of the vaccination against it are huge. Above all, Vietnam needs to maintain its medical and quarantine facilities, obtain many millions of vaccine doses and provide support for the thousands who’ve lost their jobs. There are hundreds of thousands of people involved in this effort, many of whom do so at great personal and financial cost. Your donations, no matter how big or small, will make a difference: even a dollar enables the purchase of food supplies or face masks. Below, I’ve compiled a list of ways to donate, including any relevant links.
*Please note: I do not claim to be an authority on either COVID-19 or the efforts to contain it, nor do I have any affiliation with the government or any of the institutions through which you can make a donation. But I, like everyone I know, have felt the affects of the outbreak and I, like everyone I know, have been impressed by the way Vietnam has dealt with it so far. If you have any more information about how to donate to Vietnam’s COVID-19 relief effort, please write in the comments section at the bottom of this page. Thank you
- Vaccine Fund Donation (by text message)
- Vaccine Fund Donation (by bank transfer)
Vaccine Fund Donation (by text message)
By far the easiest, fastest, most direct way to donate to Vietnam’s COVID-19 Vaccine Fund is by text message. This method only works within Vietnam, and only for people with a Vietnamese SIM card. It is set up by the government’s Vietnam Fatherland Front and takes your pledged donation directly from your phone’s account (remember that you must have enough money on your phone in order to make the donation). The process is simple and quick, and is the preferred way to donate relatively small amounts (1,000vnđ-2,000,000vnđ [$0.50-$85]) for people within Vietnam. Follow the directions below:
→ on your phone, go to messaging
→ compose new message
→ enter recipient number: 1408
→ enter message text: Covid NK (NOTE: the letter ‘N’ is equal to any number; K is equal to 1,000vnd: thus, if you want to donate 50,000vnd, enter message Covid 50K; if 100,000vnd, enter message Covid 100K; if 1,000,000vnd, enter message Covid 1000K; if 2,000,000vnd, enter message Covid 2000K)
→ press send message
→ you will receive a reply in Vietnamese confirming the amount of your donation and thanking you for your support in the fight against COVID-19 and procuring the vaccine.
*If you’d like to know more about the text message donation method, please read this page in Vietnamese or translate it into your preferred language.
Vaccine Fund Donation (by bank transfer)
Newly introduced by the Vietnamese government in June, 2021, this donation method allows you to make bank transfers from domestic or international accounts in VND, USD, or EUR. The sole purpose of the Vaccine Fund Donation to speed up the necessary acquisition of the many millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccinations that Vietnam so badly needs. There are two bank options. See the details below of go to this page:
• BANK OPTION 1:
Account Name: COVID-19 Vaccine Fund
- VND: 3761.0.9098866.91999
- USD: 3761.0.9098869.91999
- EUR: 3761.0.9098786.91999
Bank Name: State Treasury Exchange
• BANK OPTION 2:
Account Name: COVID-19 Vaccine Fund
- VND: 21110009116868
- USD: 21110371116868
- EUR: 21110142996868
Bank Name: Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), Hanoi branch
Fatherland Front Covid-19 Relief Donation:
This donation method, via the government’s Vietnam Fatherland Front, has been open since the nation’s pandemic response began, back in the early months of 2020. Donations can be made via direct bank transfer. The process should be a relatively easy process for anyone with a local Vietnamese bank account. However, if you’re making a donation via bank transfer from abroad, you’d need the IBAN number or BIC code for the bank. (Please see the comments at the bottom of this page for other people’s advice about donating via this method.) If you have a Vietnamese bank account, these are the details you need:
Account Name: Ủy ban Trung ương Mặt trận Tổ quốc Việt Nam (Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front)
Account Number: 1483201009159
Bank Name: Ngân hàng Nông nghiệp và Phát triển Nông thôn Việt Nam, chi nhánh Thủ độ (Agribank)
Donate by Cash, Mail or In Person:
Another way to donate via the Vietnam Fatherland Front is by cash (or necessary physical supplies) through mail or in person. To do this, contact the government office below:
Division & Office: Phòng Kế hoạch – Tài chính (109, 111), Văn phòng Cơ quan Ủy ban Trung ương MTTQ Việt Nam (Division of Planning – Finance [109, 111]; Office of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front)
Address: 46 Trang Thi Street, Hanoi
Phone: 0243 8256 326 | 0243 8256 536
Contact: Ms. Đinh Thị Thúy Ngân, Trưởng phòng Kế hoạch – Tài chính (Head of Planning-Finance Department): 0904 321 618
Other Ways to Donate:
Apart for the official government channels outlined above, there are surely many other donation methods to aid Vietnam’s pandemic response, as well as other practical ways to help the nation stop the spread of COVID-19. If you have any suggestions, please comment below. Thank you
Thank you so much for all your helpful information <3
I just donated for vaccination that was inspired from your blog.
That’s great that you donated.
Thanks Tom. It’s great to have all of the information and options available on the one site so I’ve shared this on FB as well. Making sure it is easy to donate will help.
Thank you for sharing the information. I’m sure it will help.
Hi, is there any way to donate by credit card please?
The channels listed on this page are the only ways to donate that I’m aware of. But if you have a credit card, you must have access to online banking or a transfer app, which you can use to donate using the information above.
If not, perhaps some one else will have an answer for you in this comment section later today.
Thanks Tom. We’re based in HCMC and been trying to figure out how to donate. I’m going to look into this and donate. I feel like Vietnam is working really hard to fight this and the people here need all the help they can get. Thanks again and stay safe!
That’s great, thanks. It’s really easy to do.
Yes, I couldn’t find out how to donate either, that’s why I put this list together. I hope it helps.
I donated to a vietnamese friend, and she transfered the money to Ủy ban Trung ương Mặt trận Tổ quốc Việt Nam.
I’m glad I could help to fight the virus.
And I’m very impressed by how good Vietnam is to contain the virus.
Thanks, that’s great to hear.
Yes, I’m impressed with Vietnam’s response so far too. Let’s hope we can all help it to continue that way.
Thanks for this information. So nice to give back to a country that has given me so much!
Thanks, Marni Henry, I’m glad you feel that way.
Agribank SWIFT code: https://www.swift-code.com/m/vietnam/swift-code-vbaavnvx.html
Thank you, Ken.
Thanks Tom, I donated via bank transfer from my Timo app and it was super easy!
That’s excellent. Glad it was easy with Timo.
Transferwise app would also be an easy way to donate, it’s how I pay my rent into a Vietnamese bank account every month.
Thanks, Mia, that’s true – great advice.