The delay in the delivery of the Covid 19 vaccines will not affect the national vaccine campaign starting today
Today, the nationwide rollout of the major Covid19 vaccination campaign begins with the first two groups of those who have registered: the elderly and those with underlying illnesses.
However, deputy health minister Sathit Pitutecha said the health ministry had learned that many hospitals had postponed their scheduled vaccinations for today because they feared they wouldn’t have enough vaccines on hand.
“We were aware of this issue so we will try to ensure that the elderly and people with the diseases registered through the Mor Prom application are the first to get their vaccinations.
“After that, the ministry will provide the additional vaccines that we have received from the company AstraZeneca,” he said. However, the ministry has not yet received any clear information about when the company will deliver.
“The company is doing its best to deliver. They could give us 300,000 to 500,000 doses at a time, but it all depends on them,” he said.
On June 3, the ministry received 1.8 million doses of AstraZeneca and immediately distributed the vaccine the next day. It still had three days to ensure that all vaccines were delivered to each province, he said.
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said provincial governors would manage distribution in their areas.
Asked about the postponement, Anutin claimed he had asked provincial public health agencies to tell hospitals in every province to vaccinate people from today.
Many provinces were in a rush to vaccinate their residents and took more bookings than the number of vaccines they had received, with the result that they ran out of vaccines before new deliveries arrived.
“I want to emphasize that all Thais will be vaccinated in accordance with the government’s goal,” he said.
Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the elderly and those with underlying diseases who missed registration through Mor Prom can register through the “Thai Ruam Jai” system.
He would ask for additional vaccines for them.
He also said that all 25 vaccine stations in Bangkok were ready to serve the people and the registrations would be done through the “Thai Ruam Jai” application.
If people come according to an SMS appointment from today until June 14, they will get AstraZeneca shots.
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