BANGKOK (September 10): Thailand will roll out its mixed Covid-19 vaccination plan as early as October as the kingdom battles its worst Covid-19 epidemic.
Foreign Ministry Information Department Information Division Director Pensom Lertsithichai said the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha agreed with the mixed vaccination.
With consultation and advice from the Ministry of Public Health, she said Thailand will move forward with a mixed vaccination plan that includes Sinovac and AstraZeneca, Sionvac and Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech.
“The reason why we have changed this vaccination (mix-and-match) because by the end of September we will receive a large number of mRNA vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech that we have purchased and that we are using”, a- she said at a press conference. press conference here today.
Meanwhile, Pensom said Thailand will offer booster shots to those who have completed two doses of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, as of the end of this month.
Those who have received two injections of Sinovac since March to May will receive a booster.
“They will get a booster shot from AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech… it will start very soon, maybe late September or early October,” she said.
From mid-July, Thailand began giving boosters of imported mRNA vaccine to its frontline workers – who had previously received imported Sinovac.
Thailand has extended its Covid-19 restrictions, including the seven-hour nighttime curfew until the end of this month in Bangkok and 28 provinces, to ensure that Covid-19 cases continue their downward trend .
“To ensure that the downward trend continues and that there will be a smooth transition to reopening the country in October, the CCSA has deemed it best to extend the existing measures we currently have in place until September 30, “she said.
The restrictions, including the nighttime curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., will remain in Bangkok and a maximum of 28 strict controlled zones or “dark red zones”.
In addition, public gatherings involving a maximum of 25 people are permitted in dark red areas.
Shopping malls, public parks, salons and barbershops (only for haircutting), massage parlors (only for foot massage) will remain open.
On top of that, a restaurant with limited capacity to allow social distancing where 75 percent of the seating capacity for premises without air conditioning and 50 percent of the seating capacity for restaurants with air conditioning.
In the past 24 hours, Thailand has recorded 14,403 new cases of Covid-19 and 189 deaths, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 1,352,953 and 13,920 deaths. – Bernama