BMA to allow elderly to register for vaccines at hospitals

Bangkok will allow elderly people to register for Covid vaccines at more than 100 hospitals around the capital, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said in response to growing criticism about their vaccine rollout program.

The BMA’s registration platform, Thai Raum Jai, only allows people age between 18-59 to register for the vaccine while the government’s Mor Phrom application which prioritized elderly people was not allowing new registrations.

Bangkok Deputy Governor Sophon Pisutthiwong said via a statement on Monday night that since “the producer” of the vaccine could not keep up the supply leading to shortages.

This has forced the administration to prioritize at-risk cases first.

This include:

  • People who have been vaccinated with the first dose of AstraZeneca
  • Elderly people that have underlying diseases
  • Medical workers that have yet to be vaccinated
  • Others who have registered at 25 vaccination centers and the Thai Ruam Jai platform

Sophon said that since there are many elderly people, who are considered to be in a vulnerable group, that have yet to registered with the Mor Phrom system, the BMA will allow them to register with more than 100 participating hospitals in Bangkok.

This includes military, police, and university hospitals and large private hospitals that have been participating in the BMA’s rollout.

Registration for the vaccines will be on a first come first serve basis. The hospitals will be in charge of appointment dates.

The BMA has yet to provide a list of these hospitals.

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