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Ministry insists all medics will get Pfizer

Ministry insists all medics will get Pfizer

BANGKOK: The Ministry of Public Health insisted that all medical health staff, along with rescuers and undertakers, will definitely get the Pfizer vaccine, as long as they fit the ministry’s guidelines for mRNA-based vaccination.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 3 August 2021, 09:01AM


The first 1.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine donated by the US administration arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport on Friday (July 30). Photo: US embassy in Thailand

The first 1.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine donated by the US administration arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport on Friday (July 30). Photo: US embassy in Thailand

The ministry yesterday (Aug 2) said the sub-committee on disease immunity enhancement decided on Sunday to set up guidelines for 1,503,450 doses of Pfizer donated by the US that arrived in the country on Friday.

Some 700,000 doses will be given to medical staff. However, this number has raised questions among the public over the fairness of the vaccine distribution plan, because many medical personnel will miss the opportunity to get it because they don’t match the ministry’s criteria.

Dr Sira Wisetsak, the ministry’s deputy permanent secretary who is in charge of vaccine management, explained that all medical staff and frontline health workers at risk of being infected with COVID-19 will get the Pfizer vaccine. He said 700,000 doses was enough for all medical staff and frontline worker numbers.

“All medical staff and frontline workers, including rescuers and undertakers will get the vaccine under our criteria,” Dr Sira told the press conference.

“We believed our criteria covers all medical staff who are in need. And the number of vaccines can cover them all,” he said.

“If we have vaccines left, we will later consider allocating them to other groups in need,” he added.

Many civil society groups urged the department to give the Pfizer shot to all medical staff without any conditions because they are all at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, chief of the Department of Disease Control, made it clear that medical staff, frontline workers, students and officers who have close contact with COVID-19 patients will get the vaccine if they have received one or two doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm.

Those who not received any vaccines will also be eligible for two full doses of Pfizer, he said.

However, he added that those who have received both Sinovac and AstraZeneca doses, or had AstraZeneca as a booster dose, are not recommended to have Pfizer.

“For these cases, they have a high level of immunity for the time being so there is no need to get Pfizer. But they should register so they will get the vaccine later when there is enough information about it to do so or if we get more Pfizer vaccines in the future,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Itthiporn Khanacharoen, secretary-general of the Medical Council of Thailand, voiced his appreciation about the subcommittee’s decision, saying that he would like to thank the ministry for listening to all concerned voices to create transparency.

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JohnC | 04 August 2021 - 09:59:22

Bet Mr PM and all his generals and other political cronies will put themselves at the top of the list of first to receive real vaccines. Just out of interest, when are you going to vaccinate the rest of the country. I know many Thais stuck up in the boondocks who can't get access to any vaccines, even Shitovac.

Kurt | 04 August 2021 - 04:46:15

Charming to notice how they now quietly shift from weak ineffective- to quality vaccines. What a treasures time lost with the use of chinese vaccines. Lucky Officialdom as thai people forget fast what lays behind them. No one will held responsible for the fast growing Covid-19 disaster in Thailand. Well, Phuket response fast. No alcohol in restaurants. Bravo.

Xi_Virus | 03 August 2021 - 10:08:18

ATT. There is a "FAKE" News going on that several memebers of "CP and Red Bull" families have received the Pfizer jabs that were donated by US.

These are t0tally "FAKE" News and n0t c0rrect!

Everyone sh0uld f0ll0w the 0fficial CAKE News.

Xi_Virus | 03 August 2021 - 10:03:48

The main criteria to get these "donated" Pfizer vaccines is to be a member of an INFLUENTIAL family!!!

 

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