BANGKOK, March 20 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Thailand aims to administer Covid-19 boosters to more than 70% of the population before the virus can be declared endemic, government spokesman Thanakorn has announced. Wangboonkongchana.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health is accelerating its rollout of vaccines for the elderly across the country to protect them from the virus ahead of the Songkran festival in mid-April.
Thanakorn said booster shots are necessary if people are to coexist safely with Covid-19. Few people in Thailand took boosters.
He said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha had expressed concern for the elderly, children and people with chronic illnesses who can develop severe symptoms if infected.
Prayut suggested that village health volunteers across the country find a way to actively encourage local residents, especially those at high risk, to get vaccinated so that the 70% target can be reached, said said Thanakorn.
More than 126.9 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered from February 2021 to March 17, and of these, 20.2 million were boosters.
Of the total doses administered, 54.7 million were first doses, 50 million second doses and 1.9 million fourth doses.
Since January 1, Thailand has recorded 1,079,734 cumulative Covid cases and 2,377 deaths.
Separately, the Minister of Public Health will launch his project to issue reminders to the elderly and other high-risk people from March 21 to 31 to prevent a possible outbreak after Songkran.
Millions of people are expected to travel to their hometowns during the April 13-17 holidays to visit elderly relatives – an exodus that sparked a severe outbreak in the same period last year.
In a related development, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is also launching a vaccination rollout for the elderly from March 21-31.
Those interested in getting a Covid-19 vaccine can contact the nearest public health center or one of the 11 BMA-run hospitals in the city or make a reservation through the QueQ mobile app. – The Nation Thailand/ANN