Thai Red Cross offers free Moderna booster for those qualifying

PHOTO: The Thai Red Cross Society will offer free Moderna booster shots. (via Flickr Jernej Furman)

For those that qualify, the Thai Red Cross Society will be offering free Moderna booster shots in late November at their headquarters in Bangkok. The booster shots of the mRNA vaccine long-awaited in Thailand will be given to people who are fully vaccinated and are over 70 years old. They will also offer the free shots to women over the age of 18 who are at least 12 weeks pregnant.

Because booster shots given after vaccines are most effective when given after a certain timeframe depending on which brand of the vaccine was used in the first 2 injections, the Thai Red Cross Society laid out 2 different options to qualify for the booster shot.

For those who received Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines, the second dose must have been administered outside of 2 months, so anyone who received their second vaccine before September 30 would qualify. Other vaccines like AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer requires a longer timeframe to pass before a booster shot is most effective. As a result, those wishing to take advantage of the free Moderna booster shot need to have received their second vaccines no earlier than July 31.

The booster shot vaccines will be administered during a 3-day window between November 24 and November 26 and will be given at the Rachuthit building inside the Thai Red Cross Society’s compound in Pathum Wan district of Bangkok, not far from Lumphini Park.

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For those who qualify and would like to receive the free Moderna booster shot, sign-ups can be done at trcs-booster.kcmh.or.th.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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