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First phase of Thailand’s Covid-19 vaccinations to start on February 14

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The government plans to begin Thailand’s 3-phase vaccination plan on February 14, starting with healthcare and frontline workers as well as vulnerable groups.

At the Covid-19 vaccination administration subcommittee meeting today, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the first phase of inoculations starting next month will target 19,014,154 Thai people in 4 priority groups…

  • 1,700,000 health workers in both public and private health care sectors.
  • 6,163,095 populations with underlying conditions.
  • 11,136,059 people aged over 60 years
  • Covid-19 task force who are in close contact with infected patients.

The vaccine availability remains limited and only target groups who are at high risk of infection will be vaccinated during the first phase of the vaccination plan, according to permanent secretary of public health Kiattiphum Wongrajit. The vaccines will be free and are not compulsory, Anutin says.

The AstraZeneca vaccine, developed in partnership with Oxford University, was approved by the Thai government for emergency last week. The first batch of 50,000 doses are expected to arrive next month. Thailand also expects 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine to arrive next month. The Chinese vaccine is expected to be approved by Thai drug regulators within the next 3 weeks.

The second phase of the 3-part plan is scheduled to run from May to December, offering vaccinations in all regions. Thai officials aim to have at least 50% of the Thai population vaccinated by the end of the year. The final phase will be rolled out in January 2022, with the goal to have enough vaccines to distribute to create herd immunity.

The government is also launched a Line Official Account called “Mor Prom”, translated as “doctor’s ready” to facilitate the vaccination administration. People can register to make appointments for vaccination, while health authorities can monitor the adverse effects of the vaccines. The platform is expected to launch on February 12 to serve the health workers before opening to the public in April.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Thairath online

 

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Timmytime

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    The Astra vaccine for the 1% and the CCP unreliable junk vaccine for the rest. And for all expats time to open your wallets once again for another rip off.

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    Tofu Muncher

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Good stuff. My prediction is by March 2022 the border should finally reopen without the requirement of quarantine. Looking forward to it.

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      zig

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:08 pm

      Dream on

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    Jason

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Time will tell…..

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      Exactly, Jason.

      I wasn’t even aware the CCP were producing a vaccine, but as long as the Sinovac vaccine is as good as claimed and as good as the UAE think it is I’ll be happier with that than anything else on the market so far.

      As you say, “time will tell”

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    Jason

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Vaccination? But which vaccines will be recognised in Thailand enough to start tourism again? Not all vaccines are the same….. Or will vaccines be used as a bargaining chip…..

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      dispensed

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:08 am

      Do you really think it will matter in 2 years? Like all pandemics, covid will weaken and the population will develop immunity. It will become another cold/flu bug. Though I have no doubt the media and Issan John will still be screeching about it for at least another decade–and probably for the rest of my life.

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        P D N

        Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 6:30 am

        The natural evolution of a particular virus is to weaken over time, a dead body also kills the virus. This particular virus seems to be defying this pattern, it is strengthening as it mutates, good luck folks

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      Karena

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:38 am

      The AstraZeneca vaccine, developed in partnership with Oxford University, was approved by the Thai government for emergency last week. The first batch of 50,000 doses are expected to arrive next month. Thailand also expects 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine to arrive next month. The Chinese vaccine is expected to be approved by Thai drug regulators within the next 3 weeks.

      The second phase of the 3-part plan is scheduled to run from May to December, offering vaccinations in all regions. Thai officials aim to have at least 50% of the Thai population vaccinated by the end of the year. The final phase will be rolled out in January 2022, with the goal to have enough vaccines to distribute to create herd immunity.

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    Ludwig Dreher

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    I wish you good luck and hope you can get more so we all can get it. And good health workers in both public and private health care sectors are first we need those People.
    in meantime let’s keep it down so there is no hurry.

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      Ian

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      February 14th what year thaiger 555

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    Mister Stretch

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    I saw on the ThaiPBS newscast tonight that Chula is developing an mRNA vaccine. Human trials start in April.

    I’d rather that one, than the crap from China.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      Chula is also developing the herbal one, from leaves.

      As Jason said, “time will tell”, but in the meantime I’ll be happy to wait until the vaccines have been properly trialled and the experts given their views, and I don’t really care where they’re from as long as it’s not governed by panic.

      Astra Zeneca’s current failure to meet it’s contracts with the EU is likely to affect not only it’s deliveries to Thailand but also to others, particularly the UK, if the EU stops the vaccines being delivered outside the EU as they’ve threatened.

      I’m sure Sinovac will be only too happy to fill the gap, and by that time their trial results may have been confirmed.

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        Alavan

        Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:18 pm

        Astra Zeneca’s problem with Europe is that the EU gave the money for development and bought the vaccine in August last year, that delivery was confirmed by Astra, and that it seems that Astra comes short on that agreement and is thought to sell the vaccines destinated foe Europe to other countries.
        Pfizer is producing and exporting worldwide (Israel, US) from Puurs, Belgium, but due to the actions of Astra Zeneca and the fact that Pfizer is also reducing what they agreed to deliver I guess that there also will be control.
        Johnson & Johnson will probably start delivering end February early March from Beerse (Belgium).

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    Ben

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    This is the very positive news and a step towards Thailand getting out of this mess and reopening.

    There are two types of people in the world:

    1. Those that are bitter, cynical, pessimistic, grumpy and Eeyoreish. You’re always critical. I guess you can’t help it.

    2. Those that are optimistic, hopeful, confident and yes-happy.

    I see a lot of the former here and not so much of the latter. Hopefully everyone will at some point re-examine their lives and make changes for the better. Contentment and gratitude lead to happiness. Lots of books and YouTube videos on this. Invest in yourselves and make the world a better place. Maybe you’ll become pleasant enough you’ll have game with women in your home country.

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      Toby Andrews

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      Yep, that’s what I will do. I’ll invest in myself.
      You are Thai aren’t you?

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        Ben

        Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 8:14 am

        No Toby I’m All American and not ethnically Thai. And my rant isn’t about anything more than personal happiness. There seems to be a lot of naysayers, pessimists, etc. here and I used to be one of them. I started looking at what was in my cup instead of complaining about what isn’t there. I’m positive because things usually work out in my experience.

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    Count Dracula

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 1:01 am

    I say there a lot more than just two types of people in this world although i understand what you are alluding to. If you had just left the last 2 sentences out of your comment i would have actually believed you were decent and positive. However the last 2 sentences make me think that you may be lacking in empathy and intelligence which then leads me to think you may not be as optimistic, confident and hopeful as you think you are?

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    Ian

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:29 am

    Ben if only 555
    The world you want will never be as long as dictatorships have the power in country’s like Thailand China and certain African countries it’s a pipe dream maybe you’ve been on the pipe.
    Money corrupts people so much and thailand is a living breathing example of this but I wish you good luck on your mission alas I think it will all end in tears

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:32 am

    I will patiently wait my turn and hope for the best! No point in whining and moaning. No one’s listening anyway.

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    Richard

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    To what benefit does the vaccine offer. A health workers who has taken the vaccine says a person can still contact the virus.

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    PeterG

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    News out of Europe suggests that vaccine made in Europe and destined for overseas may not make it. If that is the case then vaccine nationalism will be with us.
    Production problems at Pfizer are the cause so the politicians in the EU are getting bent out of shape. And since AstroZeneca has a plant in Belgium shipments from them will likely be affected.
    Let us just hope the vaccine for Thailand comes from plants in India (I do believe that is so).
    And as far as our rip-off colleagues are concerned, a flu shot in the US is usually $20 unless you have insurance, so…….

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      Alavan

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:25 pm

      Astra Zeneca has no plant in Belgium as far as I know. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson have a plant in Belgium. Pfizer is already exported to Israel and the US. Johnson (which will be much easier as it doesn’t need deep frozen) wil hit the market around March 1st.
      I think Astra is produced in the Netherlands.

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    James R

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Well Thailand needs to receive the vaccine first as what is on order does not mean it will be delivered any time soon and may not be delivered before the planned start date in Thailand.

    It will take a very long time for Thailand to get the millions of doses it needs.

    The EU has been complaining they are not getting their orders filled as they had hoped so I can imagine Thailand will be further down the line.

    The UK has managed to inoculate 6 million people so far but that is because we are manufacturing the drugs ourselves in the UK.

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    James R

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    PS

    Just incase Issan John comes out with his usual nonsense re the manufacturing of the vaccine in the UK, the facts are:-

    Oxford BioMedica, based in Oxford and Cobra Biologics, based at Keele Science Park, Staffs are making the vaccines.

    Another company, Wockhardt, based in Wrexham, fills the vials and packages them for use.

    Google is not at all your friend , well there is nothing wrong with Google, just your facts you try to twist to suit your agenda of knocking the UK every chance you can get.

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    Crispy

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    UK VACCINATION TRACKING – CAN THIS BE TRUE?

    6,573,570
    People given 1st dose

    470,478
    People given 1st and 2nd dose

    9.68%
    of UK population given a vaccination

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