Thai capital starts vaccinating children aged 12-18 with underlying illnesses

BANGKOK, Sept. 21 (Xinhua): Thailand's capital city Bangkok on Tuesday started to give Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to children aged 12 to 18 with underlying illnesses.

The vaccination program targets the 12 to 18-year-olds with diseases such as cancer, chronic renal failure and chronic respiratory disease, according to a statement issued by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

More than 5,000 eligible children have registered between Sept. 6 and 8 for the vaccination, the BMA said.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the city would work with the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Education to inoculate about 1 million of Bangkok's 12 and 18-year-olds.

Aswin did not provide a timetable, but said the city would try to finish vaccinating at least 70 percent of the group to prepare for a possible school resumption at the new semester that begins in November.

Bangkok has remained the epicenter of Thailand's latest wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has seen the country's total number of infections surge to top 1.5 million on Tuesday.

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