Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Growing calls for healthcare workers to get Pfizer booster

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Flickr

A leaked document, which details the minutes of a meeting in which officials discussed how they would allocate the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, has caused uproar and led to calls for healthcare workers to be prioritised. The Bangkok Post reports that the meeting took place on June 30 and discussed the administration of 2 batches of the Pfizer vaccine.

The first allocation consists of 1.5 million doses that are expected to arrive this month. It’s believed the doses have been donated by the US government, but officials have not confirmed this. In addition, a further 20 million doses have been purchased by the government, but are not expected to arrive until the last quarter of the year.

At the June 30 meeting, officials suggested that the doses would firstly be reserved for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. Second in line are risk groups such as the elderly and pregnant women in areas with high infection rates. Finally, the third group is healthcare workers, who could be given Pfizer as a booster dose.

However, one notable comment, recorded in the leaked minutes, has gone viral online, as it argues against offering Pfizer to healthcare workers. The comment suggests that officials acknowledge the low efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine, which has been widely administered to the country’s healthcare workers.

“At present, if it (Pfizer vaccine) is administered on the third group, it is tantamount to admitting that Sinovac vaccine offers no protection. This will make it harder to defend it.”

As the Delta variant makes inroads into the Kingdom, already accounting for over half the infections in Bangkok, it’s been reported that doctors and other medical workers who’ve received 2 doses of Sinovac have since contracted the virus, with some of them seriously ill.

The Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has admitted that the leaked memo is real, but insists no decision has been made on how the Pfizer doses will be allocated.

The slow pace of the national vaccine rollout, and the government’s insistence on only procuring Sinovac and AstraZeneca, have led to high demand for vaccines such a Pfizer and Moderna, which are widely seen as more effective. Despite the government offering being free, millions of Thais are willing to pay for the mRNA vaccines.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

Get more from The Thaiger

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand14 mins ago

ฺThai boxer blackmails 20 women into sending nude pics

World29 mins ago

South Korea gives North Korea a warning

Visa58 mins ago

Philippines offers attractive alternative to Thailand’s 10 year LTR visa

Phuket1 hour ago

Thousands join Chinese ceremony at Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Bang Sue’s Central Vaccination Centre officially closed

Thailand2 hours ago

Nuan the cat feline good about upcoming APEC meeting

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Weather2 hours ago

Bangkok area flood caused by 100 sandbags in drain

Thailand2 hours ago

VIDEO: Shooting range employees save man from suicide in northern Thailand

Crime2 hours ago

Gold necklace theft on Pattaya Beach Road

Phang Nga3 hours ago

Japanese man drowns near Phang Nga resort

Thailand4 hours ago

Foreigners anger Chiang Mai locals for kissing in temple

Transport4 hours ago

Korean Air resumes two routes to Thailand

Road deaths5 hours ago

16 year old driving BMW crashes, killing young graduate in northeast Thailand

Bangkok5 hours ago

Murdered woman buried in 7 bags under expressway

Tourism5 hours ago

Maya Bay reopens once again to the public

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending