Expats In Thailand Are Part Of The New COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

Thailand has administered nearly 900,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine since its mass immunization campaign began on June 9th, 2021, making progress toward the goal of 96 million doses in the next 200 days.
On February 28, 2021, the Thai government began distributing vaccines to those in priority areas and those at a high risk of infection. Anutin Charnvirakul is the first person in the country to receive China’s Sinovac vaccine. Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha later received an AstraZeneca vaccine.
Around 5.1 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered since February 28, 2021. Around 70 million people live in Thailand, and 300,000 are ex-pats.
As of now, Thailand has used Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines in its national campaign, but it is working on acquiring vaccines from other brands as well. Most of the doses administered so far have been Sinovac vaccines. AstraZeneca vaccine produced locally by Siam Bioscience has recently been approved for use.
According to Natapanu Nopakun, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 428,459 doses of the vaccine were administered yesterday and 472,128 doses today. Based on how many vaccines were administered in the past two days, he thinks Thailand is likely to reach its target.
In Thailand, there are now 993 vaccination centers, the largest of which is in Bangkok. Bangsue Central Vaccination Centre will provide 10,000 vaccinations per day.
The WHO representative in Thailand, Daniel A. Kertesz, says Thailand has made progress against COVID-19.
“Vaccines against COVID-19 work – they have saved thousands of lives around the world and they will do the same for Thais. Adults in Thailand should get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Thai health minister: “Everyone living in Thailand who wishes to be vaccinated will be vaccinated – for free.”
Foreigners who are 60 years of age or older or who have pre-existing medical conditions are eligible to register for vaccinations in the current phase. Bangkok and Chon Buri ex-pats can register at thailandintervac.com. If you live in another province, you can register at a local hospital that has your medical records on file.
After being injected with the vaccine, patients must wait for 30 minutes to monitor side effects before leaving the vaccination centre. Natapanu says that a healthcare worker will make phone calls to follow up with patients 7 and 14 days after inoculation. He says health care workers are looking out for any adverse events that follow the immunisation.
With some reports of people dying sometime after being injected with the vaccine, Natapanu says there are coincidental events with people who have underlying health conditions such as heart disease. Medical examiners have a standard autopsy process and are working to distinguish between adverse events and coincidental events after receiving a vaccine.
Of 28 cases where people died after receiving the vaccine, 12 deaths are not directly related to the vaccine and the other 16 cases are still under investigation, according to the Department of Disease Control.
The patient must wait 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor side effects before leaving the vaccination center. Natapanu explains that a healthcare worker will call patients 7 and 14 days after inoculation to follow up. According to him, health care workers are looking out for any adverse reactions following immunization.
Some people have died after being injected with the vaccine, but Natapanu says there are coincidental events with people who have underlying health conditions such as heart conditions. After receiving a vaccine, medical examiners can differentiate between adverse reactions to the vaccine and coincidental events.
The Department of Disease Control reports that out of 28 cases where people have died after receiving the vaccine, 12 deaths are not directly linked to the vaccine and 16 cases are under investigation.

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