Bangkok Medical Service Department postpones some Covid-19 vaccinations this week due to supply allocation delay, Public Health Ministry refuses being involved

Bangkok –

The Medical Service Department of Bangkok yesterday afternoon, June 13th, has announced a postponement of the first shot of Covid-19 vaccinations between June 14th and the 17th in eight out of 12 hospitals under its jurisdiction.

The hospitals include Klang Hospital, Taksin Hospital, Charoenkrung Pracharak Hospital, Luang Phor Thaweesak Chutintaro Uthit Hospital, Ratchapipat Hospital, Sirindhorn Hospital, Khlong Sam Wa Hospital, and Bangna Hospital.

The postponement was, according to the department, due to the delay of vaccine allocation by government agencies. The injection would continue as soon as the vaccines have arrived at the hospitals.

Those who are scheduled to receive the second dose this week can proceed as usual at the booked hospital, the department added.

Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), stated yesterday afternoon after many public and private hospitals in Bangkok have also published similar announcements today that the DDC and the Public Health Ministry are only responsible for distributing vaccines in the reported amount in each area nationwide as assigned by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

“Once the vaccine has arrived at the provinces, it shall be the duty of the provincial governor as the chairman of the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee. Therefore, the Ministry has no involvement in case of vaccine postponement in Bangkok hospitals. The Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee should rather provide the explanation,” the director-general stated.

TPN media notes that due to the number of agencies and organizations that appear to be involved in the distribution, allocation, and rollout of vaccines across the country that this is causing frustration from citizens and those interested in getting a vaccine as soon as possible, both foreigner and Thai national.

Additionally, clear frustration from hospitals, both private and public, has also been apparent not just in Bangkok but in many parts of the country over the current vaccine allocation and distribution process. In Chonburi for instance, some hospitals that have been named by the CCSA as having registration for foreigners available to get onto a list for Covid-19 vaccines have told interested people in person they have no vaccines and no list, with both sides placing blame on the other for the “misunderstandings.”

This has only resulted in a deluge of complaints, anger, and frustration from residents, foreign and Thai, on social media who feel they are stuck in the middle between multiple entities and organizations and only want a clear answer about when they can get a vaccine or if they can even get on a list and simply get a call when the problem is sorted.

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