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Covid-19 vaccine registration to begin in May

Maya Taylor



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Thailand’s Deputy Health Minister, Sathit Pitutecha, says registration for Covid-19 vaccination will begin in early May, with the national vaccine rollout starting the following month. Members of the public who wish to register for inoculation will be able to do so via a dedicated app, Mor Prom (“Doctors Ready”). Sathit says the government is expecting a large supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine to arrive in June.

“The timing isn’t that late especially when compared with other ASEAN nations.”

To date, 13 “high-risk” provinces have received China’s Sinovac vaccine, which is being distributed to priority groups that include frontline healthcare workers and people with underlying health conditions.

The Bangkok Post reports that 200 people at Pornpat Market in the central province of Pathum Thani have been given the first dose of the vaccine. The province recently experienced a surge in infections, which were linked to the market. Governor Chaiwat Chuenkosum was first to receive the jab, with 8,000 healthcare workers, officials, health volunteers, and people with underlying conditions also in line for vaccination. Vendors at both Pornpat and Suchart markets will also be vaccinated.

The western province of Ratchaburi, which neighbours the Covid-19 epi-centre of Samut Sakhon, has received 2,500 doses of the Chinese jab. Chief public health officer Pachari Arirop was first to be vaccinated. An hour after being injected, she says she experienced no side-effects.

Meanwhile, in Bangkok, 130 doctors and other healthcare workers received their first doses yesterday. 3,700 people in 6 areas of the capital will be vaccinated this week. On the southern island of Phuket, officials have taken delivery of 4,000 doses of Sinovac, with inoculation kicking off yesterday.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    “The timing isn’t that late especially when compared with other ASEAN nations.”


    With no attempt at explanation, there’s no excuse – literally.

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    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    It’s a bit late regarding comparisons to the uk we should have most of the country vaccined by then and ready to travel but at least they are eventually making a start we will see come June

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    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:22 am

    Ian, Thailand is a developing country. Comparing them to the USA or UK is silly. They’re seem like they’re doing ok given their pull in the world. Do we want to criticize Ethiopia because they’re behind Thailand?

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    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Ben I know it’s a developing country but the Thai government thinks it’s a big player on the top table in thier depraved crazy minds, I would never compare the uk or USA to thailand we have freedom and free speech we set the bench mark not follow 6 months later

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    Surat Thani Anon

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    The UK and USA ignored all ethics have been hoarding the vaccine. This has affected the global effort by creating an inexcusable gap.

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