The Thai PM Refuses To Play The Blame Game When It Comes To The Failure of The COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

On June 14, 2021, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha refused to place blame for recent vaccination cancellations on specific individuals or state agencies, saying media reports had been muddled by too many sources.
The general responded to questions about the stop-start nature of the national vaccination programme in some parts of the country over the past few days, “I’m not blaming anyone. 
“Other people may not understand this issue well because the information is being passed through too many channels,” he said.
He ordered the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to reaffirm his desire to balance current stock levels based on demand and urgency.
If appointment numbers were better matched to demand, fewer people would have their appointments cancelled or turned away.
Additionally, he said he wanted appointment numbers more closely aligned with the concept of demand so that fewer people would have their appointments cancelled or turned away.
“We may be able to administer 100,000 doses in a single day. Is there a vaccine for other days of the week?” he said.
There aren’t likely to be any additional significant hiccups, said General Prayut.
“If any of the problems persist, [we’ll] do some fine-tuning,” he said.
The premier reiterated that supplies are received in batches during the month, and the amounts are not uniform.
‘From now on, the appointments will be scheduled according to the vaccines that arrive in each batch,’ he said.
As a result of a shortage of supplies, many hospitals in Bangkok, both privately and publicly owned, suspended appointments this week.
Several city residents, who declined to be identified, said they arrived at a hospital in Lat Phrao district on Monday afternoon only to be told that the schedule had been rescheduled.
When a woman in her early 60s visited the same hospital recently for a routine checkup, the staff assured her that vaccinations would be carried out as scheduled, only to discover less than 24 hours later that the appointment had been cancelled.
We arrived at the hospital [yesterday afternoon] only to find a crowd of people waiting outside who had also lost their appointments that day. Some of them came from morning appointments.
The hospital had said the vaccine would arrive within an hour or two, but it didn’t arrive as expected. So we went home disappointed after waiting for hours,” she said.
Furthermore, Prayut noted that people who made their appointments well in advance and who have already made travel plans will have priority because they booked their appointments through Mor Prom.
Prime Minister Prayut said specific vaccines are being given out at over 100 vaccination points outside of the City Hall’s quota.
To explain how the rollout is being managed, the CCSA held a joint conference with Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang and Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, head of the Department of Disease Control (DDC) on June 14, 2021.
We aimed to procure enough vaccines in both instances so that 70% of the population would have received both doses necessary for immunity by the end of the year.
As of June 13, 2021, over 6.1 million shots had been administered, adding that 17% of the capital’s residents have now been immunized, including many education employees, public transportation workers, and subscribers to the social security fund.
City Hall continues to receive vaccines regularly from the Public Health Ministry, he said.

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