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Health officials race to vaccinate 70% of Khlong Toey slum residents

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Health officials are racing to vaccinate 70% of residents in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey neighbourhood, the largest slum in the city where hundreds have tested positive for Covid-19 since April. With people living in crowded conditions and many unable to take off work to self-isolate, Thai authorities have been rolling out proactive Covid-19 testing and a mass vaccination campaign in an effort to contain the virus.

A third vaccination unit has been set up in the district at the Port Authority Stadium, adding to the units at Tesco Lotus Rama IV and Wat Khlong Toey School. Around 50,000 of the 80,000 residents in the Khlong Toey slum need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to reach herd immunity, according to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

As of Sunday, 11,211 people had been vaccinated at the mobile units and each vaccination unit has been handing out 1,000 queue cards each day. With the third vaccination unit, city officials plan to inoculate 2,500 to 3,000 people per day until May 19.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a proactive testing campaign on April 27 in the Khlong Toey district. Since then, 19,983 people have been tested with 654 people positive for Covid-19. 5,700 people are waiting for the results to come back and the others are negative.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

13 Comments

  1. Only any good if you are to make the area ring fenced with no one in and no one out. I could be possible to allow vaccinated people to leave the area for work, but certainly no unvaccinated people back it. It all starts to become complex and unenforceable. As such, a relative waste of time. The secondary issue of course will be the fact that when this doesn’t work, the anti-vaxers will have a field day claiming the vaccines don’t work ??

  2. “Around 50,000 of the 80,000 residents in the Khlong Toey slum need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to reach herd immunity,”

    “As of Sunday, 11,211 people had been vaccinated at the mobile units … With the third vaccination unit, city officials plan to inoculate 2,500 to 3,000 people per day until May 19.”

    70% of 80,000 is actually 56,000.

    11,211 so far plus 9 x 2,500 – 3,000 = 36,000.

    That’s 20,000 short.

  3. @Nigel – What is not working is the Govt. What is the use of vaccinating people who are already infected and quarantining those who are not. The cart before the horse usual, but a dog chasing its tail looks busy and impression is everything. Dont laugh just look at us going for it.

  4. It’s already been established that the vaccines are ineffective against the India strain. And that the mutation rate is rapidly accelerating. These measures are a garden hose in a forest fire.

  5. “The secondary issue of course will be the fact that when this doesn’t work, the anti-vaxers will have a field day claiming the vaccines don’t work”

    The problem is that despite your absurd claims elsewhere that Covid vaccines give almost total protection and stop virtually all transmission, the simple fact is that the vaccines currently being used here “DON’T work” effectively – nowhere near.

    The Seychelles have the highest level of vaccinations in the world, bar none. At the same time they also have the highest rate of infections, bar none (the Maldives are second, some way behind, but still way ahead of India, Brazil, Uruguay, etc).

    80% of those infected in the Seychelles are unvaccinated, but 20% are vaccinated – virtually all with Sinopharm, which is why the results are so different to, say, Israel.

    Even Sinopharm, though, is far more effective than Sinovax as Sinovax “doesn’t work” for around twice as many as Sinopharm, let alone Pfizer, Moderna, etc.

    The problem in Thailand has nothing to do with “anti-vaxers” – that’s just displaying your ignorance of Thais as unlike the West virtually no Thais are “anti-vaxers” and take up of other vaccines, for polio, tetanus, etc, is effectively 100%.

    “Anti-vaxers” are a Western phenomenon, virtually unknown in Thailand.

    What Thais are “anti” are the vaccines they’re currently being offered, particularly Sinovax – that’s not “splitting hairs”, it’s entirely different and if you took some interest in Thais rather than sticking your head in the sand you’d see that.

  6. @Robert Elliott. I agree about the use of the word Slum. Totally unnecessary and in the eyes of the world it just demonstrates the level of intellect in the country. For some reason, Thai media is obsessed with classifying people or groups of people. The same goes with any report involving a foreigner. They have to split out numbers and identify Thai and non Thais. I think the need to do this is based on the feudal system and ultra nationalism in Thailand?

  7. @Simon Small – you are showing your ignorance. Plenty of Thais are “anti-vaccine”. They’re just not as vocal about it, or they express their concerns in Thai, of course.

  8. @nigel,it is no different to the british press adding the local house prices to stories in the uk as they have done for decades.the english language reports here and the B.P. are pretty tame compared to the thai language reports on the area.if you read this story in thai wrath or on one of the thai websites you will see they also add that the area is home to many drug addicts which is also irrelevant to what the main story is about.
    It’s about forming stereo types that appeal to their core readership,it sells papers!(posted by a life long sunday sport and sun reader)

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