Vaccinated healthcare worker in Nonthaburi catches Covid-19

A healthcare worker working on the frontlines in Nonthaburi contracted Covid-19 despite having received two doses of the vaccine, local media reported on Tuesday. He was receiving treatment but his symptoms were not serious.

The worker was inspecting the cluster at Sino Thai, a construction-worker camp in Suan Yai Subdistrict, before testing positive. Local media confirmed the new infection on Tuesday after visiting the Public Health Office in Sai Noi District in the province.

Prasop Sri-Intarasut, a public health academic at the office confirmed to reporters that the healthcare worker-turned-patient is now being treated at a local hospital, while staff who had worked closely with him had tested negative. All the staff members who came in close contact with the worker are now on a 14-day quarantine.

All frontline medical workers have received at least two doses of the Covid-19 vaccines, according to Prasop, as they are considered high-risk.

Frontline workers, despite the vaccines, still risk being infected with the virus due to the constant high exposure. However, the likelihood of infection are significantly reduced, and symptoms will be milder compared to those who have not been vaccinated.

The Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine has been found to prevent 65 per cent of symptomatic cases, and around 90 per cent of serious illness.

The Thai government has rolled out Sinovac to frontline healthcare workers since the beginning of the year.

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