Vaccination drive kicks off

Getting ready: A nurse preparing a dose of the Sinovac vaccine at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi. — Bloomberg

THE country has started its Covid-19 vaccination roll-out with the first shots, using China’s Sinovac vaccine, going to Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over yesterday’s event at Thailand’s infectious disease institute, where other officials including the deputy public health minister, agriculture minister, culture minister and deputy education minister were also vaccinated.

“It’s a historic day and a day to help the country rebuild confidence against the pandemic, ” Prayut told reporters after all the recipients of the vaccine ended their 30-minute observation period showed no adverse reaction.

A total of 159 people in Samut Sakhon province, the epicentre of a Covid-19 outbreak that erupted in mid-December, were also scheduled to receive their first shot of the vaccine yesterday.

These included local officials as well as representatives of at-risk groups such as medical workers and migrant workers.

On Wednesday, Thailand received its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines – 200,000 Sinovac doses, which were then distributed to 13 provinces, including the capital Bangkok.

An additional 1.8 million doses are scheduled to arrive in March and April. — Xinhua

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