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Walk-in vaccination centres planned to speed up rollout

PHOTO: Walk-in vaccination centres are aiming to speed up mass rollout. (via Facebook)

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced plans for walk-in vaccination centres to accelerate Covid-19 vaccine distribution in Thailand. At a meeting of the National Committee on Vaccines, the decision was made to provide alternative channels to encourage more people to get the vaccine quickly. Also in the works is a plan to develop a new application to register for appointments.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha had mentioned the idea of a walk-in service during a cabinet meeting Tuesday, saying that Thailand was well below target for vaccine registrations. The Department of Disease Control has been tasked with creating a simplified format to encourage registration for vaccines, with the goal of no one being rejected for a jab. The head of the DDC said they will do everything in their power to accelerate vaccine roll out.

Yesterday saw the first vaccination centre outside of a hospital when Central Plaza Ladprao launched a vaccine station with PM Prayut in attendance. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the Thai Chamber of Commerce, and Ramathibodi Hospital worked together to launch the centre. Open from 8:30 am to 5 pm daily, 1,000 people were vaccinated at the station through the Mor Prom Line app yesterday, mostly government officers and Covid-19 volunteers as well as people designated as high-risk.

But the Mor Prom line account has not received nearly the amount of registrations that they had hoped, so this new plan is aimed at boosting sign-ups. Only 22 of Thailand’s 77 provinces registered more than 10,000 people through the Line account, with only 2 provinces getting 6-figure signups. 16 million people were targeted to get priority appointments through Mor Prom, people at high risk because of chronic disease or being over the age of 60.

The Prime Minister expressed hope that, with the success of Central Ladprao’s vaccination centre, other businesses will open similar jab stations in the near future. Plans are in place for up to 25 private vaccination centres in Bangkok followed by stations opening across the country. Locations and the number of jabs at each vaccination centre will be left to provincial governments to determine within their own committees on communicable disease.

Thailand’s immediate goal is to get all frontline workers and healthcare professionals vaccinated by the end of the month, and also focus on areas with high infection rates. Next month elderly and high-risk people will be the main target of mass vaccination, followed by the general public. PM Prayut also requested that people like delivery staff and public transportation drivers who travel for work, and staff in restaurants, hospitality, and convenience stores who interact with many people be given priority for vaccinations.

The Prime Minister stressed to the public that Thailand’s inspection process is more stringent than other countries and reassured that the Covid-19 vaccines administered in Thailand are completely safe.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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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.

5 Comments

  1. Hey thai government. Cambodia next door to you have vaccines to 2 million khmers, population 16 million. They are 1000 times poorer than thailand. They have no BTS,MRT. AND you are dragging your feet to buy the vaccine or make your vaccine by using the Cambridge formula,and at the same time you got red zones now in many areas, and you want the westerns and the Chinese to come to Phuket like in 2.5 months. Wake up, get your lazy butts up and get the vacinne. 1 million every week to 2 million a week. Borrow the money. You got this thing backwards. Hey I guess to don’t like to work 16 hrs a day and control the C-19 like you had it in March,April, May, June, July etc. Your lazy border patrol cops did a very bad job making sure outside countries whether by sea or overland stayed out. THAT INCLUDES THE FISHING INDUSTRY. BEING PAID OFF AT THOSE BORDERS. YOUR LOSING BILLIONS OF BT BECAUSE OF YOUR CARELESS WAYS. WELL GUESS BY 2023 YOU WILL FIGURE IT OUT. LOSERS

  2. What doesn’t he understand?

    People don’t want Sinovax, whether they register on Line, on an app, walk in, or drive through.

    However you dress it up or deliver it, it’s still crap and unwanted.

  3. You mean you don’t want it Simon, which is fine but you really should stop scaring other people by claiming it’s crap, it’s been WHO approved, the latest Indonesian study suggests it’s highly effective.

    We’ve had this garbage for months, Simon/John has constantly claimed vaccinated people can still carry covid asymptomatically, 35 million vaccines given in UK and not a single person has caught covid after two weeks of a single jab, let alone two jabs, so he’s been proven to be completely wrong.

  4. “… it’s been WHO approved,”

    No it hasn’t!

    The Thai government have even said that Sinovac hasn’t been WHO approved and doesn’t need to be and Thaiger did a recent article on it!

    Sinopharm is better than Sinovax according to the data (including China’s) and has been approved by the WHO but Sinovax has NOT.

    “… 35 million vaccines given in UK and not a single person has caught covid after two weeks of a single jab, let alone two jabs,…”

    In the UK quite possibly, I don’t know, but I DO know they haven’t used Chinese vaccines (Sinovax or Sinopharm).

    “… so he’s been proven to be completely wrong.”

    Maybe you should read the recent news, @London A1, which are crystal clear that I’m completely RIGHT.

    The Seychelles is the most vaccinated country in the world, bar none.

    The Seychelles have also got the highest Covid case rate in the world, bar none.

    37% of the new, active cases have been fully vaccinated – BOTH jabs.

    Israel’s vaccination rate is behind the Seychelles’ (slightly) but the Seychelles infection rate is around five hundred times higher.

    Israel used Pfizer; the Seychelles used Sinopharm (53%) and Astra Zeneca (47%).

    … and Thailand’s using Sinovax (not approved by the WHO and apparently less effective than Sinopharm) and Astra Zeneca.

    Sorry to break it to you, @London A1, but clearly some vaccines work well and equally clearly some DON’T.

    That isn’t “scaring other people”, just stating the facts, and I don’t think it’s unreasonable to call vaccines that don’t work as needed and are 500 times less effective than those that do “crap”.

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