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Health Ministry orders hospitals not to postpone vaccination appointments

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The Public Health Ministry has instructed Thai hospitals to honour vaccination appointments, even though they may not have received the number of doses expected. According to Thai PBS World, Satit Pitutacha from the Health Ministry says it’s vital that people over the age of 60, as well as those with 1 or more of 7 underlying health conditions, receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

Satit says most hospitals received enough vaccine doses to kick off mass vaccination on Monday. However, around 20% of hospitals have received fewer doses than expected since then. He acknowledges the supply challenges and says it’s not the hospitals’ fault, but adds that inoculation of at-risk people must continue, particularly as some have to travel far to reach their nearest hospital.

According to Satit, the ministry is working to address the supply problem, adding that a further 800,000 doses of AstraZeneca are expected next week, with another 2 million arriving the week after. In total, the government expects to receive 6.3 million AstraZeneca doses this month.

Satit admits that, should any of the deliveries be delayed, there could be a knock-on effect, but says the government will do its best to get doses distributed quickly across the country. He denies the supply issues are politically motivated, saying it’s simply a case of areas with high infection rates being prioritised in the distribution process.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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13 Comments

  1. ‘The Public Health Ministry has instructed Thai hospitals to honour vaccination appointments, even though they may not have received the number of doses expected.’
    Am I missing something here? So if the hospital doesn’t have sufficient vaccines for all those appointments, what will they administer? Orange juice?

  2. They announce daily new numbers, is this a new math or they forget always what they say the day before. Another interesting point is how the hospitols should make a roll out when their stocks are empty or got no delivery? Or use one dose for more people or mix it with water? The daily miracle? We are very interested to know more about the miracle to roll out the appointed people without receiving the vaccine for that? Maybe Thaiger can explain us this math they use and why we read daily other numbers.

  3. “The Public Health Ministry has instructed Thai hospitals to honour vaccination appointments, even though they may not have received the number of doses expected.”

    HOW???

    If they don’t have sufficient doses, how TF are they supposed to give out what they don’t have???

  4. “The Public Health Ministry has instructed Thai hospitals to honour vaccination appointments, even though they may not have received the number of doses expected.”

    So an appointment goes ahead, people arrive and are then told sorry, we have used all the vaccines as we did not receive all of our doses.

    It just makes me laugh at the logic sometimes in Thailand, but is a great place for holidays.

  5. Never ending shame, no vaccines no inoculations. Any kid would understand it can’t work. How can the Pubblic Health Minister even think about it and who the hell do they want to tease ? God bless the Thais.

  6. Those of us who have been living with Thais for many years, will know that getting the full story and a clear explanation of a story or events can take hours. Reading this article, I suspect falls in to the category of not enough time to fully explain what he means. I suspect, reading between the lines, and trying (even though it hurts my brain) to think like a Thai and applying Thai “logic”, what he’s trying to say is – Don’t cancel appointments but prioritise those who are elderly or with underlying conditions. I think he’s trying to stop hospitals simply block cancelling bookings. Of course he should have said that, but that’s it the way in Thailand. The flow of Strategic vision, followed by Sustainable plans, supported by Pragmatic ad-hoc action is alien territory.

  7. “yeah, Hi… your name please?”
    “Rose Jefferies.”
    That’s great Ms. Jefferies. Can I see your passport please and work permit?”
    “Sure. Here..”
    “Thank you that’s all in order. OK, please take a seat. Unfortunately, today we only have “saline” to inject you with!” But, do not worry… the REAL JABS are expected in 2 year’s time!!! Please be patient and bear with us. Our boss, Mr. Anutin is not really clued up on all this. he’s an army engineeer and not a medical professional.. bless him! But, don’t be afraid! Now, the cost…that will be 3,000 Baht Ms. Jefferies!!”

  8. “…READ THE FULL ARTICLE!”

    I think you’re the one who’s “DEMONSTRATING YOUR STUPIDITY””.

    If you know that there aren’t enough doses for those who have appointments and you know that “some have to travel far to reach their nearest hospital” then why waste their time and f*ck them about?

    It’s not as if there are storage problems with AZ or Sinovac, so you want spare people “in case”.

    THERE’S NO EXCUSE!

    … and FWIW Ms Jefferies, “Mr. Anutin is [NOT] an army engineeer”

    he’s an army engineeer

  9. Of course the most-moronic-of-em-all was the first to comment. Evidently he did miss the passage when the authorities clearly said to give priorities to people most at risk. That is, translated for the feeble-minded, “to reschedule”. Which is fairly different from “to cancel”. Got it? Now had back to your cave. And make a favor to us all, don’return.

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