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Officials say woman who tested positive after vaccination was infected beforehand

Maya Taylor



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The Disease Control Department says a vaccinated seafood vendor in Bangkok who tested positive for Covid-19 was infected with the virus prior to receiving the jab. Sophon Iamsirsithavorn from the DCD says the 29 year old market trader was tested for the virus on March 13, with that test coming back negative. At the time, she was not showing any symptoms of infection, but Sophon says she lives in a high-risk area and a second test confirmed she had Covid-19.

Thai PBS World reports that the vendor works at the Kitti Market in the Bang Khae district of the capital. Bang Khae is the latest area to report a cluster of infections, primarily affecting market traders and workers.

According to Sophon, 150,107 vaccine doses have now been administered in Thailand, with only 2 people developing serious side effects. They were treated and both have now recovered. Sophon has issued a reminder that, according to top Thai virologist, Yong Poovorawan, the best vaccine is prevention and says people should continue to protect themselves against infection. He adds that organisers of Songkran festivities next month must be mindful of the risks, calling on event organisers to exercise caution.

Meanwhile, DCD director, Opas Karnkawinpong says that, while permission was granted for a paint-splashing event held in Chiang Mai last week, the organisers had been lax about enforcing safety measures.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    funny coz its true

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11:01 am

    So they don’t do any health checks before giving that vaccine? Sh1t even dogs get that before their jabs.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    While it’s not clear here or in the source article, the timeline is as follows:

    March 13: rapid (saliva) test at Kitti Market – not informed of the result, by mistake. REPORTEDLY negative.

    March 14 – 17: self-isolated at home in case.

    March 18: vaccinated at Kitti Market, then continued to self-isolate at home.

    March 20: told that she should have been quarantined in hospital in Ratchburi.

    March 21: moved to the hospital, with 14 day quarantine from March 13 (the original test date) due to end on March 28.

    March 26: tested positive with the pre-discharge test.

    The one thing that makes NO sense at all in these reports is WHY, if after the 13 March test “with that test coming back negative” she was moved to and quarantined in the hospital in Ratchaburi?

    SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP here, and while it may be entirely innocent that’s why a lot of Thais have very little faith in what they’re being told.

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    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    anyone really thinks that a dictatorial regime could be interested in the truth?
    For example, both the Russian dictator Putin and the Thai dictator Prayut said they had taken the vaccine, but nobody can know which one, the Russian Sputnik and the Chinese one? probably neither.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    “…nobody can know which one, the Russian Sputnik and the Chinese one? probably neither.”

    Well, Prayut DEFINITELY didn’t take “the Chinese one”, luca … do keep up ?

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