BANGKOK: Well being officers within the Thai capital made headway Tuesday of their effort to vaccinate youngsters towards the coronavirus, giving pictures of the Pfizer vaccine to college students aged 12 to 18 with underlying ailments.
Vaccinations for that age bracket have been first provided final month via hospitals, however now are organized by colleges.
A separate marketing campaign by a medical analysis institute on Monday started inoculating youngsters aged 10 to 18 with China’s Sinopharm vaccine.
On Tuesday, 1,500 college students obtained pictures of the Pfizer vaccine, 800 for the primary time and 700 as a follow-up to their first shot in August.
Bangkok officers have requested the Well being Ministry to supply extra Pfizer vaccine to inoculate all youngsters aged 12 to 18 within the capital metropolis, mentioned metropolis Gov. Aswin Kwanmuang.
Many faculties have been closed for onsite studying since final December, and Aswin mentioned he doesn’t need to permit them to reopen till 70per cent of a complete of greater than 1 million college students are vaccinated.
He hopes to succeed in that objective in November if satisfactory vaccine provides can be found.
The Well being Ministry plans to offer Pfizer pictures to college students aged 12 to 18 nationwide from Oct.4, beginning with the 29 provinces most badly affected by the coronavirus, together with Bangkok.
Bangkok has been the worst hit province since one other wave of the pandemic started in April this yr.
Almost one-quarter of Thailand’s greater than 1.4 million COVID-19 instances confirmed because the pandemic started final yr have been present in Bangkok.
In line with the Ministry of Larger Training, Science, Analysis and Innovation, 97.5 per cent of Bangkok’s 7.69 million folks have obtained a minimum of the primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 41.6 per cent are absolutely vaccinated.
The Well being Ministry on Tuesday introduced 10,919 new COVID-19 instances and 143 deaths, bringing the totals since final yr to 1.5 million instances and 15,612 deaths.