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3 doses of AZ urged to combat Omicron

BANGKOK: The Public Health Ministry is urging those who have received two doses of AstraZeneca to get a booster shot to protect themselves against the highly infectious new variant of COVID-19.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 25 December 2021, 01:46PM

Photo: Bangkok Post

Photo: Bangkok Post

Citing academic research, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Friday (Dec 24) that those who get three doses of AstraZeneca will greatly reduce their chances of being infected by Omicron, reports the Bangkok Post.

“Thailand has its own AstraZeneca manufacturing facilities. It was confirmed that 61 million doses will be delivered by year’s end, while another 60mn doses, including second-generation vaccines, will be handed over at the beginning of next year.

“I also want to ask people to avoid panicking as long as the information from the Department of Disease Control [DDC] shows Omicron has much less severe symptoms than Delta,” said Mr Anutin.

DDC Director-General, Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, said Oxford University believes that three doses of AstraZeneca has the same efficacy against Omicron as two doses do against Delta.

The DDC’s sub-committee on promoting disease immunity is now discussing how to adjust the current vaccination regimen.

Internal - Phuket Live Radio 89.5

Dr Opas said the administration of Pfizer shots for children aged 5-11 years will not be rushed as it requires the consent of their parents. Information from the Education Ministry shows there are about 5.04mn children in that age bracket.

Yesterday’s meeting also agreed to administer a fourth vaccine shot for frontline health personnel, as well as people who suffer from chronic diseases and immunodeficiency disorders.

Dr Apisamai Srirangson, assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the body is working with Oxford University to produce a specific vaccine against Omicron.

Technically, adenovirus-based vaccines like AstraZeneca are best suited to protect against the new variant in a faster manner, she added.

Since Feb 28, 101.6mn doses of vaccines have been administered in Thailand ‒ 50.86mn as a first dose, 45.01mn as a second dose and 5.731mn as a third dose.

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christysweet | 29 December 2021 - 09:56:05

 Trump  did one thing usefully, and no doubt profited off it. However had he not ignored the dangers early on, the world might well be over this. It's reminiscent of Reagan ignoring AIDS. [cue: 'libtard' insult.]   

Capt B | 28 December 2021 - 21:01:40

@jonnycoward2,,,& nor was it "Lets start a job creation scheme for AU Bio-Tech companies" idiot PM Sco Mo. I bought MRNA @ $22 ps & doubled my money, twice.
Biden has totally butchered the US Stockmarket. Fact. Biden is no better than Dingluk n Thugsin with their vote buying campaigns

Capt B | 28 December 2021 - 20:54:48

@jonnycoward. What I wrote  re the Trump Admin is fact. You may recall very early c-19 Trump clearly stated "Don't worry, there is a vaccine coming". Just prior to that as I know for a fact, the 158M was injected into Moderna
& it certainly wasn't that vote buying tree hugging, bio-tech patent butchering Biden idiot that did it, & nor was it ,,,

JohnC | 28 December 2021 - 09:28:33

@captb. The trump administration was the biggest hinderance to the vaccines being used, with that nutcase claiming it was all fake news. Until he got it himself. Shame it didn't finish that PoS off completely.

Kurt | 27 December 2021 - 09:16:18

Most foreign retired permanent Phuket residents got 2 Pfizer jabs in September and October. Just wait till March/April for the 3rd pfizer jab (booster). I am sure we will be invited for it as we are registered in the Phuket vaccination system.

Capt B | 27 December 2021 - 06:49:25

When stuck in AU due to flight cancellations, PM ScoMo stitched me up with 2 shots of AZ because over 50s in AU are considered as better off dead. Now back in Phuket @ very well known Patong Clinic, 1 x 4 Strain Flu jab & 1 x 100 dose Moderna which I wanted in the 1st place. The Trump Admin pumped over USD158M into the Moderna Corp & its the best vaccine going. AZ may keep you out of hospi...

Kurt | 26 December 2021 - 15:53:37

@agogohome,  if you are married with a thai woman than you should know that the Thai adagio is: "Own thai people first". They don't care about foreign permanent residents. After all, those have good medical insurances, if hospitalization foreigners  comes around the corner hospitals earn great money with presenting their bills to you. It is all Thai business thinking.

maverick | 26 December 2021 - 13:29:37

Good to see the vaccine experts are out in full force I will rely on my doctor but thanks all same still better tans the flat earth anti vaxers spreading there vitriolic bile

christysweet | 26 December 2021 - 12:32:29

The best vaccine is the one you can get. Has anyone other than Hi-So Thais gotten anything  other than CrapOVac or Thai made AZ  ?  

Kurt | 26 December 2021 - 11:32:11

In Europe the scientific thoughts are that 3x Pfizer, or 3x Moderna jabs are better than A-Z. Even people who had there 2 A-Z vaccinations receive now a 3rd booster with Moderna.

Kurt | 26 December 2021 - 11:26:31

@agogohome, Well, perhaps the reason foreigners that received 2 A-Z vaccinations are 'not allowed' appointments for a third booster jab, as you wrote, is that Thailand export to many A-Z doses to other countries as you just wrote? By the way, which countries are buying Thai manufactured A-Z vaccine? Not European countries, as I wrote.

christysweet | 26 December 2021 - 10:11:00

Flu vaccines are for Type B influenza, Omicron is a corona type virus so that vaccine will have no effect whatsoever. 

agogohome | 26 December 2021 - 09:13:11

I would like to know why foreigners that received 2 X AZ, are not allowed appointments for a third booster jab on the registration Phuketwin website    
My Thai wife could! 
Would TPN care to look into that? 

agogohome | 26 December 2021 - 09:05:44

Err, Kurt, AZ is manufactured and exported to other countries from Thailand! Try and keep up! 

Foot | 26 December 2021 - 02:54:56

While there are better vaccines than A-Z, you still cannot get a 3rd dose in Phuket.

Kurt | 25 December 2021 - 19:11:19

Europe stopped vaccination with A-Z. What makes Thailand continue using A-Z? Just left over stock from Europe given to Thailand? That A-Z is the best against Omicron is not true according non Thai scientists. Seems that Thai CCSA is just serving  a non medical purpose with this A-Z 'promotion'. Omicrom seems to be weak,  why not try a old fashion flu vaccine?


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