Bangkok Will Receive Most Of The COVID-19 Vaccine Next Month

Bangkok will receive the largest share of the Covid-19 vaccine next month, while at least 70% of Phuket residents will receive their second dose, according to a government spokesperson.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the government’s Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the center expects to receive 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine by July 2021.

Elderly people and people with chronic illnesses who had registered for vaccination via Mor Prom would be the first to receive them.

At least 2.5 million doses would be distributed in Bangkok.

Priority was also given to four other provinces.

In total, 600,000 doses of polio would be administered to Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, and Pathum Thani, the provinces adjacent to Bangkok. Thailand will receive an additional 200,000 doses of the vaccine when it reopens to foreign tourists on July 1.

Together, they would receive about 30% of the 10 million doses, Dr, Taweesilp explained.

In the upcoming weeks, Dr Taweesilp will focus on 23 provinces that border neighbouring countries, are maximum Covid-19 control zones, or must deal with post-outbreak situations.

They coujld be Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Tak, Nong Khai, Sa Kaeo, Ranong, Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani, Songkhla, Trang, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Buri Ram, Surat Thani (Koh Samui), Phangnga and Krabi.

Each of them would receive 2.5 million doses, or 25% of the 10 million doses.

In addition, another 49 provinces would receive 3.5 million doses (35%), or about 70,000 doses per province.

One million doses (10%) would go to government agencies, inoculation stations, and outbreak responses.

The CCSA has also changed its plan to procure 150 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of next year from 100 million doses this year.

He said 105.5 million vaccine doses have already been acquired or reserved by the government – 61 million AstraZeneca vaccines, 19.5 million Sinovac vaccines, 20 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, and 5 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

In addition, the government would order 28 million doses from Sinovac and 22 million doses from other producers.

The increase in purchases will allow for possible mutations of the virus and the possibility of requiring a booster third-shot of vaccine, Dr. Taweesilp said.

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