The event, which began at 7:30am, was chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. It was held at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute on Tivanon Road in Nonthaburi.
The person who gave Mr Anutin the first COVID-19 shot in the arm was Dr Yong Yong Poovorawan, a medical professor in pediatric hepatology at the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University.
The vaccine given to Mr Anutin is the Chinese-made CoronaVac developed by Sinovac Life Sciences, which can be used on people aged 18-59.
Mr Anutin said yesterday that Gen Prayut could not get the first shot at the discretion of doctors. Gen Prayut is 66.
He explained that AstraZeneca vaccine, which was shipped to Thailand on Feb 24, has not been endorsed by the Medical Science Department. “AstraZeneca has yet to submit documents and samples,” he said.
After Mr Anutin, other persons who were vaccinated were Deputy Phublic Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha, Culture Minister Attipol Khunplome, Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on, Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Wilawan, and permanent secretary for health Dr Kiatiphum Wongrajit, followed by a number of concerned health personnel.