The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will be primarily distributed to students of the age of 12-17 years in 29 dark-red zone provinces prior to the scheduled school reopening in November, Thailand’s Ministry of Education reported today, September 13th.
Education Minister Trinuch Thienthong revealed to the press this morning that the government has introduced guidelines for the preparation of the second semester of the 2021 academic year on November 1st, including vaccination of two doses of Pfizer vaccine for students aged 12 to 17 years at the date of injection.
The plan will cover students in Mattayom 1-6, vocational certificate students, higher vocational certificate students or equivalent, and primary 6 students at the age of 12, according to the Minister. It will prioritize about 4.5 million students in dark-red zone provinces studying in public and private schools, Border Patrol Police Schools, seminaries, military schools, and other educational institutions.
Amporn Pinasa, General Secretary of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), said a change in offline studying style may be applied in classes with students less than 12 years old in order to allow the students to return to schools, such as teachers must be fully vaccinated, no outbreaks must be reported in the community, students may have to switch days to study at schools, etc.
Deputy Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong further stated that Bangkok public health will start Pfizer vaccine allocation for students between 12 and 17 years old in the capital on September 21st.
“According to the schedule, an additional 2 million doses of Pfizer vaccine will arrive at the end of September and another 2 million doses will gradually arrive every week in October. The Ministry of Health expects that the first dose will be injected into required students by October before proceeding with the second dose as quickly as possible,” he added.
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