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Government rolls out three vaccine channels

Government rolls out three vaccine channels

THAILAND: COVID-19 vaccination will be provided via three channels with onsite registration instead of walk-in services, said government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 21 May 2021, 08:56AM


A fruit vendor at Simummuang Market in Pathum Thani province sprays his workspace with disinfectant to decrease the risk of COVID-19 infection yesterday (May 20) after more than 800 people were infected there. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill.

A fruit vendor at Simummuang Market in Pathum Thani province sprays his workspace with disinfectant to decrease the risk of COVID-19 infection yesterday (May 20) after more than 800 people were infected there. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has stressed that the inoculation campaign to be launched by the government from June 1 will be via three channels - the Mor Prom (Doctors Ready) platform, onsite registration and special groups, said Mr Anucha.

About 7.4 million people, who are either the elderly or people with seven chronic diseases, have registered with Mor Prom platform, including 800,000 in Bangkok. The general public aged under 60 can register on May 31.

According to Mr Anucha, onsite registration will replace walk-in services to prevent misunderstanding because some people might have an impression they will can just drop by and get their shots from walk-in services.

“Instead people can drop by at vaccination stations and register and make bookings. This is just an option. In Bangkok, there are 231 vaccination stations at medical facilities and 25 others outside hospitals,” he said.

Four venues - Central department store in Lat Phrao, Samyan Mitrtown, The Mall Bangkapi shopping mall and Big C Bang Bon superstore - have launched a trial run for vaccinations.

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Mr Anucha said the third channel involves “strategic” distribution of vaccines to target groups or people with special needs such as medical personnel, teachers, and people in the service sector.

The Bangrak Vaccination and Health Centre, which will administer Sinovac’s vaccine which was donated to Thailand by the Chinese government, plans to inoculate 180 people per day.

In the first phase, the vaccine will be given mainly to 100,000 Chinese people in Thailand and Thai students with a plan to study abroad. The service will be later expanded to foreign nationals.

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) yesterday took delivery of 1.5 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Sinovac Co at Suvarnabhumi airport. The GPO has received eight lots of the Sinovac vaccine since February, for a total of 6 million doses, and Sinovac will deliver another 3 million doses in June.

Maj Gen Thanathip Sawangsang, spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), said Isoc will roll out a public relations campaign to educate the public about the vaccination programme.

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Foot | 21 May 2021 - 14:11:49

Wow, Christy is correct.  When asked about helping Ameicans, since Thailand will not. the U.S. Embassy said no. Even now, when the U.S. has an execs of vaccine, it's too much effort for the Embassy staff. Must be too busy renewing passports. They used to be a lot of help with Visa income statements and more. Now, just too busy, I guess.

Christy Sweet | 21 May 2021 - 10:20:24

Gosh US Embassy, even the Chinese are making sure their expat citizens are getting a vaccine. How about us Americans now there is a surplus in US and they are going to start donating it abroad.  Pfizer PLEEEASE. 

Christy Sweet | 21 May 2021 - 10:16:17

Onsite registration presumably means 2 trips, 2 outings to what will likely be crowded venues. Some people have day jobs or no transportation or no i- phones so why no website or telephone registration? Is it supposed to be difficult for some reason? 

 

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