Thailand is set to launch its vaccination drive with locally produced vaccines on June 7 despite reports of shortages and distribution concerns.
However, the government says that any shortages will be made up with imported vaccines and that all that have registered to receive their jabs will be able to do so without delay.
Here is a round up of the government’s ongoing vaccination plans.
The Department of Disease Control said that the government will receive nearly seven million doses of AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines within June and they will be distributed to hospitals and vaccination centers around the country.
“Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha has instructed that everyone, no matter what nationality, that are living in Thailand and are willing to be vaccinated will be vaccinated for free,” said Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, DDC’s Director-General.
Opas and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul both insist that 1.8 million doses of the locally made AstraZeneca vaccines was delivered to the government as scheduled on Friday. The news comes despite concerns raised by media that the number of vaccines produced in Thailand would be much less than expected.
That means the government will have a combined 3.54 million doses of AztraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines for Monday’s rollout.
According to the government, it should receive another 840,000 doses of locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccines in the third week of June and 2.58 million in the fourth week.
This would bring the total number of vaccines, both AstraZeneca and Sinovac, to almost seven million doses for June.
“These are the numbers that [that are planned] but it might lower or higher based on the production capacity at the time,” Dr Opas said.
He said the allocation of the vaccines will first be based on the size of the provincial population but hardest hit provinces will receive more vaccines.
The rest of the year
The government said that the total amount of AstraZeneca vaccines that Thailand will receive in 2021 is 61 million doses.
This is in addition to some six million doses of Sinovac Vaccines that the government has imported.
For the remaining 33 million vaccines needed to reach herd immunity, the government expects to sign a deal with Pfizer this week and they are in negotiations with Johnson & Johnson.
The government still expects to import eight million more Sinovac vaccines.
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