Thai government is considering introducing coronavirus status cards
The Thai Ministry of Health is considering the possibility of issuing colored cards to indicate the status of people who have been vaccinated and who have recovered from Covid19 virus so that these people can re-engage in social activities.
The cards — green for fully vaccinated and yellow for people who have recovered from the virus within one to three months — are currently being studied, said public health secretary Kun Kiattiphum Wongrajit.
He said the cards will be especially helpful to business owners and staff in companies where they come into close contact with the general public.
The measure complements Wednesday’s gradual easing of lockdown measures and other restrictions in 29 counties with the highest Covid19 prevalence.
Restaurants will be allowed to serve customers at 50% capacity while stores reopen. The easing of restrictions has been prompted by a continued decline in daily infections.
The green cards, which can be issued digitally to people who have had two doses of vaccine, are based on vaccination history held in the Mor Prom database.
The yellow cards identify their holders who have been cured of Covid-19, whose immunity to the virus has developed naturally.
However, the cards may be valid for a short period of time pending an assessment of the holders’ immunity levels.
- Sophon Iamsirithavorn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control (DoDC), said the maps were in a conceptual stage and if the maps were implemented, they would be launched in October with a pilot program to be launched later this month. starts.
Yesterday, the DoDC officially announced that restaurants and service companies can resume operations today without their staff having to be pre-vaccinated against Covid-19 or tested negative for the virus.
A grace period has been given to give staff time to get vaccinated after companies filed complaints that most of their employees had not yet received the shot.
Dr Chawetsan Namwat, the DoDC’s director for emergency health risks and diseases, said establishments in their buildings should implement health protection measures, including wearing face masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing.
“Covid-19 will not go away and many countries are finding safe ways to live with the virus,” said Dr. Chawetsan.
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