16 million doses of unused COVID-19 vaccines to be sent to sub-district hospitals

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Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) recently decided to distribute 16 million doses of Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines to Tambon (sub-district) health promotion hospitals across the country to storage, raising questions within the Rural Doctor Society about whether this may be a way to dispose of excess inventory, much of which is about to expire.

The Rural Doctor Society said the CCSA did not take into consideration that many of these hospitals still had residual stocks of vaccines in their warehouse as fewer people are being vaccinated amid the COVID-19 situation. steadily improved.

The company wondered where more vaccines sent to these hospitals will be stored, adding that they will eventually be thrown away when they reach their expiry date.

The company said the health promotion hospitals in Tambon are easy targets for the CCSA and the Ministry of Public Health to get rid of the excess supply of vaccines “because they don’t have much voice compared to provincial or district hospitals, but they are not”. dumps either.

The Ministry of Public Health campaigned for unvaccinated people to get vaccinated and partially vaccinated people to receive booster shots. Only 40% of Thais have received three doses of the vaccine, with many believing two doses are enough. As of May 25, there were about six million elderly people who had yet to receive their booster shots, according to the Department of Disease Control.

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