Thailand starts rollout of Covid-19 booster shots

BANGKOK, Sept 25 (Xinhua): Thailand on Friday started to administer Covid-19 booster shots to people who have been fully vaccinated, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Public Health.

The authorities started to give the third dose of booster shots to about 150,000 people. Around 3 million people are eligible to be vaccinated with booster shots, according to the official figures.

Thailand has struggled to handle its worst coronavirus outbreak so far, as the highly infectious Delta variant spread through the country and the healthcare system is under pressure.

Since late July, the Thai government has begun to give booster shots to some medical staff and to inoculate people with mixed vaccines to improve the effectiveness.

Thailand on Friday reported 12,697 new Covid-19 cases and 132 additional fatalities, according to the country's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the new cases, 3,721 were found in Bangkok and its five neighboring provinces, the CCSA said.

Since the beginning of the pandemic early last year, there have been more than 1.53 million Covid-19 infections in the country, while the cumulative fatalities currently stand at 16,016, or around 1 percent of the total infections.

The CCSA also indicated that 13,540 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals on Thursday after making a full recovery, 843 more than the number of new infections.

Nearly 47.3 million Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Thailand between Feb. 28 to Sept. 23, with roughly 23.1 percent of its population fully vaccinated.

The Thai government aims to vaccinate around 70 percent of its nearly 70 million population by the end of the year. - Xinhua

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