Thailand mass vaccination
It’s been a little over a year since Covid-19 hit Thailand. Many peoples’ lives and livelihoods took a huge hit, and the population is eager for things to return to pre-pandemic times.
The nation’s government hopes to provide just that with the inoculation rollout: Monday 7th June marked the official start of Thailand’s mass vaccination programme.
Let’s see what shots are available and how to apply for one.
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Thailand’s mass vaccination drive begins
This Monday 7th June 2021, Thailand’s mass Covid-19 rollout officially begun. The target groups for this time include Currently, the two shots available are Coronavac by Sinovac Biotech and locally produced AstraZeneca by Siam Bioscience.
Over 400,000 Covid-19 jabs were administered on Monday, 388,782 of those were the first of two doses, as per the Bangkok Post.
Alternative Covid-19 vaccinatinos like Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna are projected to be available later this year at private hospitals, reports Reuters.
The aim is for at least 10,000,000 Thai residents to be vaccinated by the end of June, and for 70% of the population to be fully inoculated by December, in order to achieve herd immunity, according to Bangkok Post and Channel News Asia.
How to register for the vaccine
In April, Thailand officially launched “Mor Phrom” app and official LINE account for residents to register for their vaccines and book their appointments.
Since then, there have been new channels added to register for a Covid-19 jab:
- Those in Bangkok can register for their jabs at 7-Eleven
- The “Thai Ruam Jai Safe Bangkok” system is available on the Pao Tang mobile app, and at major super markets
- Foreign residents can register at the Thailand Intervac website.
Moving towards a “New Normal”
Thailand was fortunate enough to experience a “New Normal” for a while. With the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, the nation has unfortunately had to implement a large number of emergency measures in order to combat the virus.
Hopefully, this mass vaccination drive will help residents move further towards pre-pandemic times.
Cover image adapted from: Reuters via Financial Times