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DDC closes in on new dose target

BANGKOK: The Department of Disease Control (DDC) is aiming to complete its inoculation target of giving the first COVID-19 vaccine shot to at least 50% of the population by the end of next month. It also hopes to provide 1 million doses in just one day later this month.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 19 September 2021, 12:29PM

Shoppers return to the Chatuchak weekend market on Saturday (Sept 18) after restrictions are eased in Bangkok. Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut / Bangkok Post

Shoppers return to the Chatuchak weekend market on Saturday (Sept 18) after restrictions are eased in Bangkok. Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut / Bangkok Post

Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the DDC, said people have learned to live with the pandemic. They have been following the Ministry of Public Health’s universal prevention guidelines, such as wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing in crowded areas, reports the Bangkok Post.

From Feb 28 to Sept 16, about 43.3mn shots of vaccine were given to people, of which 28.4mn were first doses and around 14.3mn were the second.

“We can give vaccines at a rate of 900,000 doses per day and hope to reach our plan for half of the population to have had the first jab by October. To mark a key public health event on Sept 24, we will provide one million doses on that day," he said.

Next Friday is Prince Mahidol day, which commemorates the prince’s contributions to the development of modern medical education in Thailand and his devotion to the healthcare of Thais. Prince Mahidol, the father of the late King Rama IX, passed away on Sept 24, 1929.

Meanwhile, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will draft a proposal to reopen five provinces to foreign tourists, with the tentative date being Oct 1.

The proposal will be submitted to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for approval on Sept 23, he said.

The five provinces are Bangkok, Chon Buri (Pattaya City, Bang Lamung district, and Sattahip district), Phetchaburi (Cha-am district), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin district) and Chiang Mai (Muang, Mae Taeng, Mae Rim and Doi Tao districts).


TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said all the provinces, except for Bangkok, are now ready for the reopening.

For Chon Buri, 51% of the population has received their first dose and 24% their second.

For Phetchaburi, about 47% of the population has had the first shot and 27% the second.

In Prachuap Khiri Khan, about 40% are vaccinated with the first shot and 26% the second. In Chiang Mai, only 29% of the population has had the first shot and 17% the second.

In Bangkok, about 94% of the population has received the first shot of the vaccine and 40% the second.

The target for Bangkok before it can reopen is 70% having had the second dose by Oct 22.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is in talks with the Ministry of Public Health over the possibility of speeding up supplying more doses of the vaccine to the city so it could reopen sooner.

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JohnC | 20 September 2021 - 10:19:32

I notice no cities or towns in Esarn are mentioned. Don't forget the people who supply most of the rice you live on. My wife tells me it is a joke trying to find vaccinations up there. Can't get vaccinated up there, can't come back here until vaccinated. Catch 22

Christy Sweet | 19 September 2021 - 15:22:26

I got a walk-in first dose of Sinovac Aug 24th and a appointed 2nd dose of AZ Sept 13 and so along with continued masking SD, etc  feel relatively protected at least from serious illness or death w/o a M-RNA vaccine. Also got a certificate for 50 baht, (that took 3 tries to get my name right) Thank you Thalang hospital.


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