More and more children aged 5 to 11 are contracting Covid-19. A spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said today that the infection rate for this age group was 6.6% between January 1 and February 2. He said the rate has increased now that the Delta and Omicron variants have broken out, and the total number of cases for this cluster was 137,262 on February 2. The spokesman said more vaccinations needed to be given to young people because inflamed organs have been found in young patients with Covid-19.
Vaccinations for 5-11 year olds began on January 31, but were still optional. On February 7, vaccination in schools. The infection rate for this group was 1.4% from January to November 2020. It then rose to 6.2% from December 2020 to March 2021. It eventually rose to 6.6%, the highest rate recently reported, from January 1 to February 2.
Thailand is slowly allowing younger and younger children to get vaccinated. Children as young as six can now receive the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, and the Thai Food and Drug Administration is considering raising the minimum age for this to three.
Prime Minister Prayut is urging health officials to speed up vaccinations for children aged 5 and over, as the number of children and adolescents in Thailand who have tested positive for Covid-19 worries health officials. A northeastern province, Korat, has seven clustered Covid-19 infections. Seven schools in the province have reported infected students and teachers. One school is using e-learning until February 9 and another will be using it until February 25.
THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post