The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says at least 88% of the capital’s high school students are now vaccinated against Covid-19. Students have received the Pfizer mRNA vaccine ahead of schools re-opening for onsite learning next month. Khachit Chatchawanit from the BMA says 33,048 out of 37,466 registered senior high school students are now inoculated.
According to a Bangkok Post report, 29,252 junior high school students will be vaccinated between now and Wednesday. Staff who are not yet vaccinated will receive the mix-and-match formula of Sinovac and AstraZeneca. Officials from the Public Health and Education ministries are working with other relevant agencies on the administration of vaccines, including offering advice to parents and students on precautions post-vaccination. Khachit says students who’ve received the vaccine should avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks.
Once in-classroom learning resumes in the capital, it will do so with strict disease prevention measures in place. The number of students in classes will be limited to 25. Hand sanitiser will be provided and the wearing of face masks will be mandatory. All students will be required to go through screening checkpoints on arrival at school, as well as adhering to social distancing guidelines.
All students and staff must be vaccinated by the first day of school and will be tested using antigen test kits. They will also be required to complete a contact-tracing form known as “Thai Save Thai”. The Bangkok Post reports that students and staff will be subject to random testing with ATKs at least twice a week. Anyone suspected of having contracted Covid-19 will be isolated immediately.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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