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Phuket elderly to get booster jabs

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) will launch an intensive campaign next Monday (Mar 21) to provide third-dose booster injections to people in Phuket over 60 years old.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 17 March 2022, 11:29AM

PPHO Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon announced the campaign during a live broadcast by the Phuket branch of Radio Thailand yesterday (Mar 16).

The elderly were specifically at greater risk of suffering greater consequences from being infected with COVID-19, he said, noting that the elderly had always been under close watch by health officials as they were a large segment of the ‘Group 608’ patients.

‘Group 608’ has become Phuket officials’ preferred term for higher at-risk patients, comprising people over 60 years old along with those suffering from any of the seven recognised medical conditions that place patients at higher risk of developing serious signs of infection, plus women more than 12 weeks pregnant.

Phuket health officials were specifically concerned with the elderly being exposed to greater risk of infection during the upcoming Thai New Year Songkran festival, when many people return to their family homes to visit their elders, he said.

“Of this group [the elderly], 96% have not received a third-dose booster shot,” Dr Kusak pointed out.

“Of those, more than 70% have not received any vaccination injections at all,” he added.

“This is a very important segment of our community,” he added.

Dr Kusak pointed out that currently 92.88% of the 539,183 target population of Phuket had received at least one COVID-19 vaccination injection, while 87.48% of the target population had received a second jab.

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So far 67.92% of the target population had received a third-dose “booster” injection, he said.

“We are looking to increase that to over 70%,” Dr Kusak noted.

Some 20,000 people in Phuket recognised as Group 608 patients were registered to receive a third-dose booster shot, he said.

“Their names will be distributed to all tambon hospitals and health officials will go to their houses to vaccinate them, especially the elderly who are bed-ridden,” he said.

Dr Kusak urged people to test themselves for COVID-19 by antigen test kit (ATK) before travelling home to visit their elderly relatives during Songkran.

“They should always wear a face mask while visiting their elders, and take extra caution when performing the traditional rod nam dam hua blessings [the pouring of water over elders’ hands], and strictly observe social distancing,” he added.

Dr Kusak noted that daily infection rates have been falling. On Tuesday (Mar 15), provincial health officials recorded 384 new local cases. In addition, three Phuket Sandbox tourists and 21 Test & Go tourists had tested positive, he added.

However, he cautioned that the low number of people arriving from abroad testing positive was a result of the falling number of international arrivals. “The number of infections from this group still represents about 2.02% of all arrivals,” he said.

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Den Alder | 18 March 2022 - 15:46:16

@ everybody here below: just go to Patong Hospital before noon and tell them you would like to have a boostershot. Fill in the form, get in line and within 30-45 minutes you're out. Worked perfectly well for me 3 weeks ago. And do bring your passport. 

Kurt | 18 March 2022 - 11:36:09

A long article, but Dr Kusak comes not with any sunstantial details, not further than saying 'next week we start a campaign' +the usual precausion bla-bla. Not a single word about Phuket.win silence, looks like foreign elderly this moment not exist for him. The usual talking around the bush nonsense. Guess they not have Pfizer vaccines this moment. They want to hide  that.

Timothy | 18 March 2022 - 09:37:53

I have tried to book for a booster on Phuket must win about 20 times. Every time it says "fully booked".
I know a lot of Thia's that have are going for their 4th vaccine. Why can't expats get their booster? 

Foot | 18 March 2022 - 09:00:51

Mostly fake news. Phuketmust win doesn't work. Big % of vaccinations of Thais and Burmese were with Sinovac which does nothing for 49% of people. Most numbers are just plain wrong, but, it's easier just to ignore the truth.

Kurt | 18 March 2022 - 08:36:44

I haven't heard yet from PhuketMustWin/Vachira hospital about getting Pfizer booster ( 3rd jab) in Saphan Hin stadium. Got there my 2nd Pfizer jab on last 03 October.

christysweet | 18 March 2022 - 00:06:04

I tried to register for the booster at Thalang hosp and was told I needed to go to the airport. More dangerous driving all the way up  there than anything- no thanks. 

SEC2 | 17 March 2022 - 13:09:18

How do you register for the 3rd Booster Shot?  Will it come up automatically in the phuket.win?  Or do I have to register again?  A few details would be appreciated.  Thank you.


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