The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) yesterday (Sept 15) disclosed the timeline for student vaccinations, with Sept 24 the final day for parents to give their consent, reports the Bangkok Post.
The government will provide the Pfizer vaccine for students from 12 to 17 years old on a voluntary basis.
Schools will hold meetings with parents from Friday to Wednesday about the policy, and they are required to make a decision by Sept 24, according to the schedule posted by the CCSA.
All schools will send their lists of students to be vaccinated to the education office in their provinces on Sept 25, with the jab campaign set to start on Oct 4. It covers 4.5 million students.
The Education Ministry also plans to give all teachers the vaccine before students return to classes. About 30% of teachers have not been jabbed, according to the ministry.
The vaccination campaign has thus far prioritised senior citizens, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.
The country has injected 27mn people, or 38% of the total populaton, with initial doses.
The goverment is now expanding the target group to students.
The ministry has tentatively set Nov 1 for the reopening of all schools after ordering students to study online since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.
Not all parents wanted to have their children vaccinated.
Nilawan Noi-i, an aunt of 14-year-old Chanathip Pimphoklang, said she was fretting about possible side effects from the vaccine as the government has not guaranteed its safety.
Chanathip, who studied at Thessaban 2 School in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima, said he would not take the vaccine shot and preferred studying at home to avoid infection.
Banyat Wutthiwai said that he would wait until the last minute before making the decision on vaccination for his 15-year-old son.
He said he was against schools reopening in the province as a virus surge continued.์ Nakhon Ratchasima registered 260 new transmissions yesterday - the highest in a week - and the province decided to reopen a field hospital at Chatchai Hall yesterday after shutting its doors on Saturday.