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Hospital boss probed over Pfizer shot favouritism

Hospital boss probed over Pfizer shot favouritism

BANGKOK: Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Public Health Office yesterday (Aug 17) set up a committee to launch a probe into allegations that the director of Chaloem Phra Kiat Hospital had administered Pfizer vaccines to his wife and an associate despite them not being frontline medical workers.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 18 August 2021, 11:30AM


Dr Wicharn Khidhen, deputy chief of Nakhon Ratchasima public health office and head of a probe panel investigating vaccine use at Chalerm Phra Kiat Hospital, wraps up the probe yesterday (Aug 17). Photo: Prasit Tangprasert

Dr Wicharn Khidhen, deputy chief of Nakhon Ratchasima public health office and head of a probe panel investigating vaccine use at Chalerm Phra Kiat Hospital, wraps up the probe yesterday (Aug 17). Photo: Prasit Tangprasert

It was reported that the provincial public health office sent 144 doses of Pfizer vaccine to the hospital for 138 recipients. The remaining vaccines were reserved for pregnant women, health workers and those who haven’t received a third shot of AstraZeneca vaccine.

However, three of the 138 recipients were from a private clinic and are not frontliners. Furthermore, it appeared that two of the three doses were allegedly administered to hospital director Champ Suttisrisin’s wife and the husband of the chief of a pharmaceutical and consumer health protection group at the hospital.

After such information was disseminated online, it prompted questions about Mr Champ’s alleged actions.

Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Public Health Office chief Dr Narinrat Pitchayakamin said yesterday the Pfizer vaccines were supposed to be administered to medical workers who deal with COVID-19 patients.

“I have now set up a committee to investigate the allegations after receiving a complaint from people involved,” Dr Narinrat said.

The probe will take around a week to determine what occurred, he said.

In Bangkok, government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri stressed that the government has no policy to give the Pfizer vaccine to any VIP groups; they are for frontline medical workers. If guilt is found, then punishment will follow, he added.

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Meanwhile, Phichit Hospital director Dr Surachai Kaewhiran insisted his hospital is not linked to a supposed Thai traditional medicine doctor who claimed he was given a third vaccine jab and was now ready to provide a massage service.

The masseur, 29, wrote his personal details on his Twitter account which included the size of what he called a “weapon”. The details were suggestive of a sexual service.

Dr Surachai said there are no Thai traditional medicine doctors on a list of 47 recipients for the third jab.

The hospital was preparing to lodge a complaint with police against the man while the Thai traditional medicine group are also seeking police to investigate the alleged masseur’s claims relating to possible sexual services.

A doctor from a hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat has decided to hand in her resignation after she was alleged to have had ineligible family members receive Pfizer vaccine shots at the hospital.

Despite her resignation, a probe will still be held.

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JohnC | 19 August 2021 - 10:33:20

Gee, we never guessed this would happen!! Sack and lock up any official or health worker who uses their position to obtain vaccines they are not entitled to. But TIT, transferred to an "inactive post" is the usual punishment, even in times of a pandemic. 

lelecuneo | 18 August 2021 - 16:43:02

if found guilty he will be transfered to the next hospital....and that it... LOL

CaptainJack69 | 18 August 2021 - 12:42:01

Says a lot that trained medical professionals are willing to put their careers on the line to obtain this vaccine. Almost as if they know Sinovac is inadequate. But don't worry, the gov. assures there's lots of jabs to go around.

 

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