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Phuket Governor asks for Pfizer, Sinopharm for children aged 3-17

Phuket Governor asks for Pfizer, Sinopharm for children aged 3-17

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has requested that Phuket be provided vaccine doses to vaccinate children from 3 years old through age 17.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 10:33AM

A student in Bangkok receives a COVID vaccination. Photo: NBT World

A student in Bangkok receives a COVID vaccination. Photo: NBT World

The request came in two official letters sent yesterday (Sept 28), one addressed to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, the other sent to the Ministry of Education.

In the letters, Governor Narong pointed out that Phuket was initially allocated Sinovac to vaccinate its residents in order to reopen the province to tourists under the Phuket Sandbox scheme, and allocated AstraZeneca to use as ‘booster’ shots to counter the spread of the Delta variant of the virus across the island.

However, he added, “One more factor that builds confidence for the people in Phuket is that the children would be more secure through receiving the vaccine.”

Phuket has a total of 83,267 children aged 3-17 years old, with 49,937 of those aged 3-11 years old, and 33,330 aged 12-17 years old, Governor Narong noted.

His request was simple: “We therefore ask for support as follows:

  1. Allocate Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-17 years to Phuket Province, to start injections together with the control and maximum control (red and dark red) provinces on October 4, 2021
  2. Allocate Sinopharm vaccine or other vaccines for children aged 3-11 years as soon as the FDA has approved the use of the vaccine in young children.”

“Phuket Province [the provincial government] understands that when people in the province see comprehensive vaccination has been received in all groups, this will enable them to build confidence among the people and the parents in returning to open teaching as usual, which resulted in parents being able to return to work in support of the Phuket Tourism Sandbox project effectively,” Governor Narong explained.

“Therefore, please be informed accordingly. and if deemed appropriate, please refer to the Ministry of Health to please consider. We would be very grateful,” the letter concluded.

The request follows the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) undertaking a pilot project, vaccinating 2,295 students in the risk group of those with any of seven diseases, among more than 5,000 students who have registered for inoculation.

The students, including 1,681 who received their first dose and 614 who received their second, were given the Pfizer vaccine at the Faculty of Medicine Vajira Hospital, Nawamintrathirat University. No side-effects were reported, said a report by state news agency NNT.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Ratchada Dhnadirek said the government is preparing to inoculate more than 4.5 million students aged 12-18 with the Pfizer vaccine.

The Ministry of Education is currently surveying the number of students, with parental consent, before opening vaccine units in the areas of the educational institutions in each province.

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Taswegian | 01 October 2021 - 13:28:28

Interesting that no-one wants to compare with polio or smallpox, etc, but now we have thalidomide thrown in as a comparison. This was an anti-nausea drug given to pregnant women in the first trimester. It in no way relates to vaccinating already developed children.

maverick | 01 October 2021 - 09:35:48

Christy@ you obviously don’t have kids how about sticking an experimental product in one of your horses. Kids are not at risk from this virus so it’s a risk - I saw the consequences of thalidomide tragedy I know many parents who are grappling with this awful decision 

Christy Sweet | 30 September 2021 - 23:25:14

I might agree the m-RNA vaccine has not been thoroughly studied but the Sinovac, AZ and Novovax are old tech just like that Polio or Measles. Definitive studies on transmission rates under these vacs are what hasn't been done sufficiently so yes please,  jab the kids. 

maverick | 30 September 2021 - 15:00:37

None of us know the answers even science is grappling with this dilemma , I am grateful I do not have to make this decision on behalf of my kids, or grandkids. Any comparison with childhood vaccines such as SmallPox and MMR is flawed for reasons highlighted below. There is simply not enough data about these vaccines and emergency us was agreed for the vulnerable - not children 

Christy Sweet | 30 September 2021 - 09:45:10

Shame in truth? Never. Kids do not suffer the symptoms as much as adults, especially older adults but they sure do spread all manner of pathogens. Ask any nursery school teacher. 

hoyaro2192 | 30 September 2021 - 09:37:49

@Kurt Your logic is flawed. You can not draw comparisons with Polio and Small pox vaccines as those are only given to children after extremely rigerous trials. 10 YEARS is standard for vaccine development, any less and we have no clue on the long term side affects. No society should gample the lifes of their children in attempt to protect the at risk. Note the vaccine does NOT stop transmission!

Kurt | 30 September 2021 - 00:51:00

@Wiesel, were you not vaccinated at young age against polio, small pox and measles? But children at age 3 vaccinating against Covid-19 is a bit over the hill. Start age 12. And, higher risk groups of older Thai in/outside great BKK not even received a 1st jab. Lets keep thinking real.

hoyaro2192 | 29 September 2021 - 22:36:38

This is MADNESS! Risking children's lifes with a vaccine that has ZERO long term safety data. Children are not at risk from covid. This is child abuse.

Wiesel | 29 September 2021 - 20:36:33

shame on you Christy!! Children have the strongest immune system and its made by nature for humans can survive on this planet. To stop, affect or weaken this natural protection system will be the start of the end of humans. Use your brain if there is any. 

Christy Sweet | 29 September 2021 - 13:04:37

Finally acknowledging  kids are supers spreaders will go a long way in stopping  this- now keep the toddlers and infants at home, please. Their snotty cloth masks are not adequate- no one's are. 


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