The COVID-19 Vaccine Combo Initiative Will Begin In October

Next month, Thailand plans to roll out a new vaccination initiative using a mix of AstraZeneca and Pfizer doses to combat Covid-19, according to the Public Health Ministry.
Deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Dr. Sophon Iamsirithavorn, said the ministry’s Covid-19 operation center approved the AstraZeneca-Pfizer vaccination plan.
After Pfizer vaccine doses are delivered later this month, the rollout is expected to begin next month, he said, adding the decision was based on recommendations from a subcommittee on immunization and new local and international research findings.
According to Dr. Sophon, people aged 18 and over will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first shot and the Pfizer vaccine as their second shot after four to 12 weeks.
Currently, a mixed-dose vaccination is administered with the Sinovac vaccine as the first injection and the AstraZeneca vaccine as the second injection after three to four weeks.
“The mass rollout will take place in October when we get the Pfizer vaccine,” Dr. Sophon said. Approximately 10 million doses are scheduled to be delivered this month.
Currently, the AstraZeneca-Pfizer vaccination initiative is being used in a limited manner. He said the Pfizer vaccine is administered to vulnerable groups who received the AstraZeneca vaccine in June.
According to Dr. Sophon, the country is unlikely to purchase additional Sinovac vaccine doses following the launch of the AstraZeneca-Pfizer vaccination initiative.
“We are waiting for a second-generation inactivated vaccine that can fight variants and is highly safe,” he said. “If children can use this vaccine, we will consider buying it.”
Sinovac vaccine recipients will receive the AstraZeneca booster shot after receiving two Sinovac doses.
The country will have 15 million vaccine doses this month, according to Dr. Sophon.


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