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Phuket COVID-19 vaccinations begin

Phuket COVID-19 vaccinations begin

PHUKET: The first injections of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in Phuket began at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town today (Mar 1), with medical personnel the first to receive the injections.

By The Phuket News

Monday 1 March 2021, 04:46PM

Making history was Vachira Hospital Ear, Nose, Throat specialist Dr Sawatchai Nawakitrangsan, the first person on Phuket to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol confirmed that 4,000 doses of the vaccine arrived at about 9am, the first delivery of any COVID-19 vaccine to Phuket.

Among the first to be vaccinated will be 1,500 medical staff on the island, followed by 500 local officers, Dr Chalermpong explained.

The vaccine requires two injections, he noted.

A total of 1,800 doses will be used to vaccinate 900 medical personnel at the five government hospitals on the island: Vachira Phuket Hospital, Thalang Hospital, Patong Hospital, Chalong Hospital, and Phuket Provincial Administration (OrBorJor) Hospital, Dr Chalermpong said.

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A further 1,200 doses will be distributed to vaccinate 600 staff at four private hospitals on the island: Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Bangkok Hospital Siriroj, Dibuk Hospital and Mission Hospital.

“We have already arranged staff and set up an area to conduct the eight steps for the vaccination process. Today, we will start injecting the vaccine to our 50 medical staff who already registered to be the first group,” Dr Chalermpong said.

“Vachira Phuket Hospital has the capacity to inject the vaccine to only 400 people per day. However, we will send the vaccine to the other hospitals across the island so that the total rate of vaccination [for Phuket] can be about 1,500 people per day,” he said.

“In the next delivery, we will receive 16,000 doses of vaccine, and another 48,000 doses will come in May. In total, for the first three months, we will receive 68,000 doses of vaccine,” he added.

“In total, the vaccine will be provided to our target groups, comprising those who have high-risk contact with infected patients, those who have chronic diseases, workers in the tourism industry, and elders more than 60 years old,” Dr Chalermpong said.

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skip | 03 March 2021 - 17:19:35

first the initial shots, then the shot for the covid variant, then the annual booster shot / shots ( not free ). even with 100%  vaxed they will not remove covid restrictions, masks, social distancing, limited capacity restaurants, cinemas, restricted air travel. Consult the WHO press releases and they will confirm this. natural herd immunity from exposure worked for every pandemic in history. 

Kurt | 02 March 2021 - 09:52:46

Read today in BP:"The 'first shot' drama shows up a sickly govt". The article informs also about Sinovac not recommended for above age 59.  How can Dr Chalermpong talk about 'elders more than 60 years old? Even Prayut (66 years) pulled back last Sunday regarding sinovac.

JSombra | 02 March 2021 - 03:19:35

"can be about 1,500 people per day"

They best out how to times that by about 10 before more vaccines arrive or will still be running the program in 2023


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