Thailand Breaks New COVID-19 Vaccine Record

Recently, more than one million Covid-19 vaccines were administered in Thailand in one day. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanked the public and everyone involved for making yesterday Thailand’s most successful vaccination day. He expressed confidence that Thailand will reach its vaccination goals by the end of 2021.
In celebration of Mahidol Day, a national holiday honoring the death of Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, who is widely regarded as the father of modern medicine and public health, a massive campaign of 1 million vaccines was launched. As an expression of appreciation to the monarchy, government officials chose this day.
On top of the first and second vaccines, the government started a booster shot program yesterday, giving the third vaccine to those who had already received two Sinovacs. Booster shots were previously mainly administered to medical professionals and frontline workers. In Bang Sue Grand Station, a campaign was launched yesterday to give booster shots to 15,000 people per day over the weekend and 10,000 per day for several weeks to follow.
Over 50 million vaccines have been administered in Thailand so far, according to the latest figures from the Department of Disease Control, a total of 47.6 million injections have been given. In those figures, just under 30 million first doses had been administered, 16.7 million second doses had been administered, and 988,000 third doses had been administered. Booster shot data has been inconsistent, with September 18 figures listing just under 916,000 third vaccines given, but September 19 data mysteriously dropping 162,000 to 754,000.
However, PM Prayut announced through a government spokesman that Thailand will reach a 70% vaccination rate for the target population by the end of 2021. There will be a total of 100 million doses administered to 50 million people, but this does not include third vaccinations administered as boosters.

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