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Government considers COVID status cards

BANGKOK: The Public Health Ministry is mulling over the possibility of issuing coloured cards to signify the status of people who have been vaccinated and those recovered from COVID-19 as people re-engage in social activities.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 1 September 2021, 09:14AM

A worker cleans an elevator at the CentralWorld shopping centre yesterday (Aug 31). Photo: Chanat Katanyu

A worker cleans an elevator at the CentralWorld shopping centre yesterday (Aug 31). Photo: Chanat Katanyu

The cards - green for fully vaccinated and yellow for people who have recovered from the virus within one to three months - are currently being studied, said Kiattiphum Wongrajit, the public health permanent secretary.

He said the cards will be especially useful for operators and staff in businesses where they must come into close contact with the general public.

The measure will complement today’s progressive easing of lockdown measures, and other restrictions, across 29 provinces with the highest COVID-19 prevalence.

Restaurants are being allowed to serve customers at 50% capacity while shops are reopening their doors. The easing of restrictions has been prompted by a continued decline in daily infections.

The green cards, which may be digitally issued to people who have had two vaccine doses, draws on the vaccination history kept in the Mor Prom database.

The yellow cards identify their holders who have been cured of COVID-19, whose immunity against the virus has been naturally developed.

However, the cards may be valid for a short period of time pending a review of the holders’ immunity levels.

Dr Sophon Iamsirithavorn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control (DoDC), said the cards were in a conceptual phase and if the cards were to be implemented, they would be launched in October with a pilot programme starting later this month.

Also on Tuesday, the DoDC said restaurants and service businesses may resume operations on Wednesday without their staff required to have been immunised against COVID-19 or tested negative for the virus for the time being.

A grace period to allow staff time to get vaccinated has been given after complaints were made by businesses that most of their employees have not been given a jab yet.

Dr Chawetsan Namwat, the DoDC’s director for emergency health hazards and diseases, said establishments must practice health protection measures, including the wearing of face masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing, in their premises.

“COVID-19 will not go away and many countries are finding safe ways to live with the virus,” Dr Chawetsan said.

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Christy Sweet | 03 September 2021 - 19:06:36

Pash's statements on masks, etc are complete disinformation.  Temperature has no bearing at all unless it's absolute zero. The particles remain airborne on tiny droplets from exhalations. Watch someone smoke a cigarette to get an idea of just how far this goes. Turn off ConspiracyTube, please. If we don't handle this while it's manageable, a day will come when help won't be the...

PAsh | 03 September 2021 - 16:42:36

Kurt face masks and social distancing do not work at all. Face masks stop up to 10% which is less than fresh air and good ventilation also in places where the temeprature is lower than 25 degrees the viral particles can travel over 12 meters. Your watching too much mind numbing  brinwashing. The lastet scientific researc confirms this about masks and distancing. How cana mask possibly work ? 

Kurt | 02 September 2021 - 09:35:40

Wow, the bureaucrats are fantasy rich in keeping themselves busy in office. Guess one has to pay for such card, and is only valid 6 months. Than must have a blood test first to check immunity before getting a next card. A lot of money will come in for them.

ematt | 01 September 2021 - 11:59:06

@Horbay: Bye.

Christy Sweet | 01 September 2021 - 11:11:32

2 doses of a 50% efficacy vaccine does not make for immunized so no green cards  for 90%. Or, is the real goal to be that the  elite affording 4000 baht vaccines  will be able to go to restaurants and the all important mall shopping?  

Kurt | 01 September 2021 - 10:10:02

Nonsense. Not a single country found 'safe way' to live with Covid-19. The 'best way to live with it' is social distance, face mask, and use of quality vaccines. ... And hope. Something Officialdom is trained in.

Horbay | 01 September 2021 - 09:28:45

I won't move to Thailand if they adopt this system nationwide.

This would make me weep for the people of Thailand and move elsewhere. 


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