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‘No closures’ when virus hits schools

BANGKOK: The Ministry of Education have announced a new set of control measures for schools and universities, stating that school closures may no longer be necessary after the coronavirus’ reclassification.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 4 October 2022, 08:58AM

Trinuch: ‘Schools still high risk’

Trinuch: ‘Schools still high risk’

Education Minister Trinuch Thienthong revealed at a press conference yesterday (Oct 3) that the ministry had revoked three notifications on the pandemic in schools after the reclassification of the virus on Oct 1, reports the Bangkok Post.

However, schools are still considered higher risk as group activities are inevitable, said Miss Trinuch.

“Some regulations, such as wearing a face mask in a closed area and organising classes, are still needed,” she said.

“However, since the pandemic situation in Thailand is now considered manageable, school closures are not necessary, and classroom activities are going to be situationally adjusted instead of closed if COVID-infected students or teachers are identified.”

The minister stated that the ministry was still prioritising the health and safety of all education personnel, and added that more projects to alleviate health concerns in schools across the country are still to come.

Atthaphon Sangkhwasee, the acting permanent secretary, suggested the ministry adopt a tracking system ahead of further notifications on school procedures.

Dr Sarawut Boonsook, a deputy director of the Department of Health, endorsed the new policy to keep schools open where possible and also suggested schools prioritise regular screening using both self-testing kits and group vaccination.

According to the Department of Health, the number of COVID-positive paediatric patients needing treatment in hospital has significantly fallen over the past few months, with fewer deaths and critical-care patients.

However, only 1.1% of the just over 5 million five-to-11-year-olds in the country have so far had the full three-dose course of vaccine, she told reporters.

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Kurt | 06 October 2022 - 11:21:33

@ Christysweet,  yes, I got 3 Pfizer vaccinations + them nicely registered in my international vaccinationbook. Never felt any discomfort after vaccinations.

christysweet | 06 October 2022 - 10:36:31

The Thai manufactured version od AZ was stopped as it was causing blood clots. The Sinovac was  safer but less effective. Frankly I'd take a  US made M-rna anyday over those two. Did anyone outside of upper echelon Thai govt ever  actually get a Pfizer vax?  

Kurt | 05 October 2022 - 20:26:43

@jamstock, I am sorry to say that I have no knowledge/are not aware of dangerous side effects of child vaccination. I understood previously that shots for childeren are of lesser vaccine volume.

jamstock | 05 October 2022 - 13:00:09

I hope Kurt is joking. The vax was cancelled for children in the UK due to dangerous side effects. I applaud parents who have the brains to do their due diligence and don't inject their children with any of the shots. Pls watch a documentary on youtube called "Safe and Effective; A Second Opinion

Pascale | 04 October 2022 - 18:35:54

I applaud all parents who choose not to give their children a 3rd shot of those vaccines,regardless  what company produced them. 

Kurt | 04 October 2022 - 12:26:22

Only 1.1% of over 5 million kids between 5-11 vaccinated 3 times? Why is that? Schools need full vaccinations with non chinese vaccines, face mask policy, and 2x a week a simple Covid test for all.


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