All residents in Thailand nationwide will be able to receive Covid-19 vaccine shots without having to make an appointment from sometime in June onwards, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced today, May 12th.
The National Vaccine Committee, chaired by the Public Health Minister, also gave a green light to all provinces to provide vaccination centers for the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine inoculation, to accelerate the domestic injection of up to 70 percent of all residents in each province.
Additionally, the committee approved the additional procurement of 5 million Covid-19 vaccines, making a total of 150 million doses in Thailand, as well as negotiations with potential vaccine companies to acquire vaccines to fight new Covid-19 variants.
Anutin stated that the mass vaccination is planned into three groups from June, in order to create herd immunity, as follows:
- Those who are registered via the ‘MohPrompt’ (Doctors Ready) application.
- Those who are requesting vaccination as a group, such as in large factories or enterprises.
- Those who are unable to book the vaccination online or facing problems with the registration. This group will likely include foreign residents, notes The Pattaya News, although crystal clear details around this have still not been revealed, with the Thai Government only repeatedly saying foreign residents will be allowed to get the vaccine without clarification on what proof of residency will be required. This is expected to be clarified over the next few weeks.
Each province has its own responsibility for the provincial inoculation. The Public Health Ministry is responsible for distributing vaccines upon its request only. Those going in for vaccinations will not be able to request their own brand, those interested in specific brands would need to explore options at private hospitals when they obtain supplies of vaccines, added the Public Health Ministry.
Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong of the Department of Disease Control (DDC) further reasoned that the provincial inoculation, not only in high-risk areas, will likely speed the procedure nationwide. Provincial Public Health Offices can also conduct mass vaccination without waiting for permission once they are ready.
“Walk-in vaccinations will also reduce the barriers to technology inaccessibility and encourage more people to receive the vaccination. People must evaluate any side effects from the jab via the Mor Prom application. If they don’t have the app, medical staff will conduct the follow-up,” Dr. Opas concluded.
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