Private hospitals may purchase 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine in addition to government purchases to help create herd immunity, CCSA spokesman Khun Taweesilp Visanuyothin said.
He said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, as head of the CCSA, had approved the stop.
The private hospitals could obtain a total of 10 million Covid19 vaccines, enough to inoculate 5 million people.
The decision was taken yesterday at a meeting in the government building with senior officials from the Ministry of Health and representatives from private hospitals and the Thai Private Hospitals Association (TPHA).
At the meeting, the government acknowledged that they had purchased 70 million Covid vaccines, enough for 35 million people. For so-called group immunity, however, at least 40 million people must be vaccinated.
TPHA representatives confirmed they were able to purchase the 10 million doses needed for the other 5 million people. The prime minister agreed to allow private hospitals to meet the demand, Dr. Taweesilp said.
Private hospital representatives told the meeting that vaccine manufacturers needed letters of intent from the Thai government to allow them to supply vaccines to private hospitals and that the government pharmaceutical organization should purchase the vaccine on their behalf.
The prime minister would approve these requests, the spokesman said.
The Prime Minister appointed Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, adviser to CCSA, to lead a committee on the private purchase of vaccines.
The private tender would target vaccines from manufacturers other than those already registered by the government for diversification and risk spreading, said Dr. Taweesilp.
The Prime Minister also agreed to requests from private hospitals for increased allocations of existing Ministry of Health vaccines as the demand for vaccines increased and their current supply is insufficient.