Thailand’s COVID-19 inoculation programme will likely kick off on Sunday, with top government figures receiving the first jabs to boost public confidence. The vaccine brings hope that the country’s year-long virus nightmare may soon be over.
If the vaccine rollout proves a success, the government will regain public faith, the economy will rebound, and life will finally – albeit slowly – get back to normal.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha is due to be the first person in Thailand to get a COVID-19 shot, with Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul next in queue. They will receive their jabs at Nonthaburi’s Bamrasnadura Infectious Disease Institute, which has laid down a model vaccination procedure for other medical facilities to adopt.
Owing to the difference in age, Prayut and Anutin will get different vaccines. The AstraZeneca shot will be administered to 66-year-old Prayut, while Anutin, 54, will get China’s CoronaVac.
Under Thailand’s vaccination programme, people aged 60 and over will get the AstraZeneca shot, while those aged 18-59 will get CoronaVac at least until Thailand starts producing the AstraZeneca vaccine locally.
Thailand has so far acquired 317,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, after taking delivery of 200,000 shots of CoronaVac and 117,600 of AstraZeneca on February 24.
What Thais can expect in the coming weeks?
Vaccination is expected to start from Monday (March 1), but given the limited supply of shots, most Thais will not be vaccinat…. Read more: https://tinyurl.com/ydaqdop5
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