Vaccine rollout begins as new case numbers remain low

As confirmed case numbers of Covid-19 remain low, the first vaccines that have arrived in the country last week were starting to be administered Monday.

The first doses of the Covid-19 vaccines were administered on Sunday with Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul being the first, followed by medial workers and vulnerable groups.

The first 35,000 Sinovac jabs will be administered to 8,000 health workers, 2,070 health care volunteers, 2,274 people who have been in close contact with infected people, 16,000 with health problems, and 5,000 other people.

Vaccines doses have now been distributed over the weekend throughout the country and will start to be administered on Monday.

The provinces receiving the most doses are in Bangkok 33,600 doses and Samut Sakorn 15,040 doses.

Provinces that have received the doses are Chiang Mai (3,500), Tak (5,000), Nakhon Pathom (3,560), Ratchaburi (2,520), Samut Songkran (2,000), Pathum Thani (8,000), and Samut Prakarn (6,000)

So far 319 people have received the vaccine. None have shown any side effects.

Those will need to return in three weeks’ time for their second dose of the vaccine, said CCSA spokesperson Taweesin Visanuyothin, who also received the shot.

Daily Covid numbers

The number of new Covid-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours remained below 100 for the 10th day Monday.

A total of 80 cases has been identified according to the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of those, 64 were local infections, with 16 being found in quarantines facilities from those returning abroad.

Of the 64 local infections 28 were found via tests at medical facilities and 36 from proactive case findings.

The total number of infections since the pandemic began last year stands at 26,031 cases.

25,324 people have now recovered, with 196 recently being recovered, and 624 patients receiving treatment.

No new fatalities were reported.

This second wave of the outbreak has led to 21,794 confirmed cases and 23 deaths since December 15. Of the total confirmed cases during the second wave, 78 per cent of the cases were found in Samut Sakorn province.

Clusters and provinces

The second wave of the outbreak has reached 63 out of 77 provinces in Thailand. Of the 63, there are now 47 provinces that have not reported any new case in the past week.

The hardest-hit province continues to be Samut Sakorn, where the second wave began, with reported 16,217 confirmed cases since December 15.

This was followed by Bangkok (971), Chonburi (655), Rayong (584), Pathumthani (632), Samut Prakan (366), Chanthaburi (221), Nonthaburi (179), Tak (158), Ang Thong (123) and Nakhon Pathom (119), respectively.

Of the 64 local infections reported on Monday, 19 were found in Samut Sakorn, 35 in Pathum Thani, two in Bangkok and Nakhon Pathom, three in Tak, one in Chonburi, Ratchaburi, and Nonthaburi.

Vaccines

The first doses of the Covid-19 vaccines were administered on Sunday with Health Minister Anutin Charnwirakul being the first, followed by medial workers and vulnerable groups.

The first 35,000 Sinovac jabs will be administered to 8,000 health workers, 2,070 health care volunteers, 2,274 people who have been in close contact with infected people, 16,000 with health problems, and 5,000 other people.

Vaccines doses have now been distributed over the weekend throughout the country and will start to be administered on Monday.

The provinces receiving the most doses are in Bangkok 33,600 doses and Samut Sakorn 15,040 doses.

Provinces that have received the doses are Chiang Mai (3,500), Tak (5,000), Nakhon Pathom (3,560), Ratchaburi (2,520), Samut Songkran (2,000), Pathum Thani (8,000), and Samut Prakarn (6,000)

So far 319 people have received the vaccine. None have shown any side effects.

Those will need to return in three weeks’ time for their second dose of the vaccine, said CCSA spokesperson Taweesin Visanuyothin, who also received the shot.

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