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The Thai Ministry of Health is more likely to recommend the booster vaccination if Omicron gets out of hand

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The Thai Ministry of Health is more likely to recommend the booster vaccination if Omicron gets out of hand

If the Omicron variant starts to spread in the kingdom and the situation threatens to spiral out of control, booster vaccinations may be necessary, while the interval between vaccinations should be shortened, said deputy health minister Satit Pitutecha yesterday afternoon.

The Department of Health may recommend a third injection or booster sooner if Omicron gets out of hand.

But, he said, the infection rate is not clear enough at this point to conclude that the government will change its vaccination policy.

Countries with high infection rates have been found to be countries with lowest vaccination rates, Satit noted.

He said he personally believes that mass immunity may not help in Omicron’s case. Therefore, the first and second doses of vaccines must be 90 percent effective over the current 70 percent to prevent severe symptoms or death.

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