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Rollout of third-dose ‘booster jabs’ underway in Phuket

Rollout of third-dose ‘booster jabs’ underway in Phuket

PHUKET: The Phuket campaign to provide third vaccination injections as ‘booster shots’ to increase protection against infection of COVID-19 among frontline medical workers and officials began at the Indoor Sports Stadium at Saphan Hin today (Sept 9.)

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 9 September 2021, 04:31PM

The AstraZeneca vaccine being used to provide the third-dose booster jabs to those who had received Sinovac as the first two injections, explained Wanlapa Jirasangiamkul, Registered Nurse Head of Anesthesiology at Vachira Phuket Hospital.

“Today, the target is [to administer vaccination injections to] 3,500 people,” Ms Wanlapa said.

“So far we have not had any people experience side effects,” she added.

The people receiving vaccination injections today were frontline medical workers and volunteers, and officials working in direct contact with the general public.

“I would like all frontline personnel and volunteers to know that if side effects occur, it may be because the third dose vaccine is ‘live’. It is different from the first and second vaccine doses they have received. which is dead,” Ms Wanlapa said.

The Sinovac vaccine is an inactivated virus vaccine that uses dead SARS-CoV-2 virus cells to trigger an immune response from the body, while AstraZeneca is a viral vector vaccine that uses a live but harmless virus to introduce SARS-CoV-2 cells so that the body will trigger a immune response if exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus  in the future.

“Everyone should download the MorProm app and submit the side effects they are experiencing, so our medical staff will know and the person will receive appropriate medical advice through the app,” she added.


Ms Wanlapa urged all people in the higher at-risk categories to register to be vaccinated.

“For all people aged 60 and over, or with any of the [recognised] seven chronic diseases as well as women more than 12 weeks pregnant, the centre recommends that all these people register through the Phuket Must Win website so they can be vaccinated, and be informed how they can receive the third-dose vaccination next,” she said.

Present for the occasion at the Indoor Sports Stadium in Saphan Hin today was Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Aganit Danpitaksat, who also received his booster jab.

Col Aganit explained that he was present to oversee the rollout of the third-dose booster jabs to the officers assigned to staff the Phuket Check Point.

“I have also come to support the work of the staff at the vaccination service center here at Saphan Hin,” he said.

“Please follow the staff’s instructions. get enough rest and answer all questions from staff fully without concealing any personal information,” he said.

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maverick | 11 September 2021 - 09:59:47

Israel is leading the way with booster jabs as they now understand from real world trials that Pfizer vaccine efficacy drops to 31% after 6 months - let’s see how many of the contributors to this forum rename it crapovac or are they just racist against one nation ?

Kurt | 11 September 2021 - 08:52:47

'Blindly' giving a 3rd vaccination, probably with a different vaccine is wrong. The person should have a blood test first to check the level of antibodies. When enough antibodies than no 3rd booster. That can work out negative on body organs. Human are no cows, should not be treated like that because the Government is panicking when they think about much longer missing tourist money.

DeKaaskopp | 10 September 2021 - 18:00:19

@Kurt   "So no where in the world are they yet giving 3rd booster vaccinations"  What a typical untrue nonsense again !  Germany did start already to vaccinate certain groups with a 3rd booster. Get your facts right

Kurt | 10 September 2021 - 11:32:41

Phkt-2016,  Vachira hospital has 2 vaccination sites, 1 at her grounds ( chinese vaccines). You see there just very few thai people showing up. Than look at Mahogany building, 100 meters away, you see hundreds of people queuing up for Pfizer vaccination. Is that saying something vaccine trust wise?

Kurt | 10 September 2021 - 11:19:09

So no where in the world are they yet giving 3rd (booster)vaccinations. Studies about it are not conclusive yet. Of course, as it has everywhere priority to vaccinate all people first the normal 2 times. Phuket made a mess of it. Soon here people with 3 jabs (guinea pigs) and also people with no jabs at al.

Kurt | 10 September 2021 - 11:09:03

phkt-2016, Brazil thinks the opposite. Returns 21 million chinese vaccines to China. And they stopped the exchange deal cow beef for vaccines. Diplomatic wrapped in the 'fact' they discovered 2 (!) cases of cow madness disease. However, beef export to Europe continues as usual. About Indonesia, that country is not doing well in relation with chinese vaccination results. 

DeKaaskopp | 09 September 2021 - 21:08:14

Kurt please understand.They are not qualified scientists like you.They are not qualified virologists like you.And of course they are not so well educated same you.

phkt-2016 | 09 September 2021 - 17:49:40

Kurt, while Sinovac may not achieve the protection results of Moderna & Pfizer. Studies in Chile and Indonesia / verified by WHO have shown it protects in the range of 88- 92 % against hospitalisation and death. Where are you getting your information from? By know it should be clear to everyone = Vaccination= reduces risk of death and hospitalisation.

Kurt | 09 September 2021 - 17:07:35

Wow, 2 'dead' vaccines, 3rd one a 'live'? What a circus, what a play time, seen fact that many thai and foreigners on Phuket not vaccinated a 1st jab. Can they get a 1st live jab, + a 2nd live jab? Than 2 is perhaps enough? The vaccination shuffling is Thai Amazing. Medical wise it all sounds careless, not scientifically substantiated. Many uneducated don't know better. Just &#...


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