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Health Ministry says 2 million vaccine doses to be administered by April

Maya Taylor

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Thailand’s Health Ministry says it hopes to have vaccinated over 960,000 people across 10 provinces come April. The Bangkok Post reports that Sopon Mekthon from the government’s Covid-19 vaccine task force says the initial rollout will target high-risk groups, such as those over the age of 60, those with underlying conditions, as well as frontline healthcare workers and disease control officials.

He says initial vaccine supplies will be limited, but it’s hoped there will be a lot more available for the second phase of the national rollout, in order to start building herd immunity and to allow the country to return to normal. The second phase will target healthcare staff not classed as frontline workers, employees in the tourism and industry sectors, and the general public.

The latest announcement from the Health Ministry comes amid growing criticism of how long it is taking to roll out a vaccine programme. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has hit back at critics, saying Thailand shouldn’t be compared to other countries currently rolling out vaccines, given the Kingdom’s success at controlling the virus.

Thailand is expected to take delivery of 2 million doses of the vaccine this month, most of which will be rolled out to the above categories of people in 10 provinces classed as strict and maximum control zones, and areas where virus cases are still on the rise. Some doses will also be administered in provinces bordering the high-risk ones.

In each of the 10 provinces, those who will be first in line to receive dose number 1 of the jab are healthcare workers, disease control officials who may come into contact with Covid patients, those with underlying health conditions, those over the age of 60, the migrant worker population, and other members of the general public.

According to the Bangkok Post report, the 10 provinces first in line for vaccination are primarily in central and eastern Thailand, with the exception of Tak, in the lower-north, which borders Myanmar.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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13 Comments

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    EdwardV

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 9:57 am

    The second phase will target employees in tourism among others. Wow there is only one reason to do that …

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    Issan John

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Actually … “The second phase will target healthcare staff not classed as frontline workers, employees in the tourism and industry sectors, and the general public.”, Ed V.

    … so quite a few possible reasons … 🙂

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      Nipral

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:58 am

      You like your emojis old man, don’t you ? It does not make your comments any smarter.

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        Issan John

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:56 am

        Agreed, Nipral, but it adds colour 🙂

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    Glenn

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Thai Population = 69,900,000
    Total ‘cases’ for past year = 24,104
    Percentage = 0.034% (that’s 3/100th of 1 percent)
    Total deaths with CV for past year = 80
    Percentage = 0.0001% (that’s 1/10,000th of 1 percent)

    Why is a mass vax needed? and is this a vaccine or is it an experimental mRNA altering substance? They are NOT the same.

    Will this jab prevent catching or transmitting CV? Waiting for answers CCSA

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      Nipral

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

      You are right ! But try to make it understand by a corrupt military sort of government !

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      Issan John

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:52 am

      “Why is a mass vax needed?”

      Well … maybe so the measures that have led to those unusually good “0.034” and “0.0001” percentages can be dispensed with and tourists return, bars open, schools educate, people marry, factories produce, etc, etc without interruption.

      Just a thought 🙂

      “and is this a vaccine or is it an experimental mRNA altering substance? They are NOT the same.”

      Well … ummm … correct, definitely “NOT the same”, just as a giraffe is “NOT the same” as a mammal, nevertheless both can apply and be correct.

      “Will this jab prevent catching or transmitting CV? Waiting for answers CCSA”

      Have you asked CCSA? Maybe they’re not reading this article’s comments section.

      Just a thought 🙂

      Alternatively you could do a little research yourself, and you may get a reasonable idea … or in your case, maybe you wouldn’t.

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      James Heikkinen

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:22 pm

      How many have been tested? Do all sick people go to the hospital? Of course Thailand is well-know for transparency.

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    Issan John

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    “Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has hit back at critics, saying Thailand shouldn’t be compared to other countries currently rolling out vaccines, given the Kingdom’s success at controlling the virus.”

    That’s rather like Boris Johnson or Donald Trump saying that their record on handling the Covid crisis shouldn’t be compared to other countries given their countries’ success at vaccine roll outs.

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      James R

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:58 am

      Issan John

      Well you as you state above not comparing like for like re Giraffe and mamal is not the way to do it but you have re the number of cases in Thailand and the UK etc.

      We know the figures in the West are accurate, we count and track them, thailand has not taken any special measures over the UK, all shops have remained open, people still go to work and are not working from home, as have bars and restaurants, the difference is you do not know how many cases you have had or have as you do not test.

      And if you did test do you think the government there would be honest with you re the numbers as they were with the general election a few years ago?

      Please don’t say yes as that would really ruin your credibility.

      PS, I have added a ? just to annoy Nipral.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    What’s this rumour I have read, apparently Thais will be vaccinated in the arm, foreigners in their bums.
    The rumour is that Thais have always treated foreigners with contempt so why should a little pandemic change Thai attitude.
    Is that right John?

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    Jim kelly

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    “LOOK Mummy! There’s a pig flying up in the sky!!”

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:24 pm

      I am trying to encourage I John to post a response, BUT I think he detects a trap . . .

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