The Thai COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Is Already Failing

Things have gotten a bit messy recently. After only a week of the government’s national vaccine rollout, it has already run into problems at Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station. Both public and private hospitals are postponing appointments due to a shortage of vaccines, the media reports.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul blamed the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the BMA blamed the Health Ministry.

Kiattiphum Wongrachit from the Ministry of Health admits the country has received fewer vaccine doses than expected this month. Hospitals have rescheduled appointments due to the shortfall, with most of the affected elderly and people with underlying health conditions booked through the Mor Prom app. A Bangkok hospital turned to social media to suggest who should be held responsible.

The call center can answer your questions regarding this (postponement). You can also contact the public health minister (directly) as to why the delay occurred.”

During a television interview, Anutin blamed the BMA, saying that his ministry had already delivered 500,000 doses to City Hall.

The ministry has already distributed all vaccine supplies received from the suppliers to eligible parties as instructed by the CCSA on time. Please don’t claim the ministry isn’t doing anything.

In response, the BMA said that the Health Ministry had promised 2.5 million AstraZeneca doses, of which only 350,000 have been delivered, in addition to 150,000 Sinovac doses.

Rural Doctors Society, which previously condemned the government for not keeping the public informed about vaccine supply issues, has also stepped into the fray, placing the blame squarely on Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, the head of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

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