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Thailand to begin COVID vaccinations next month

8 Jan 2021

Three stages of the Covid-19 vaccine for citizens have been planned by the government, with the first stage covering 1 million people from February to April. 

The chief of the Department of Disease Control, Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, said the first step would require 2 million doses. 

The 2 million-dose vaccine was scheduled between February and April. That will be for 80,000 volunteers in medical staff and welfare, 20,000 personnel in disease control, 900,000 people aged 60 and over and people with chronic diseases. 

In the province of Samut Sakhon, greater Bangkok and the eastern provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, which have high levels of infection and are highest control areas, he said, the first recipients will be. 

The second step will include 26 million doses to be distributed nationally in May and June to individuals in disadvantaged groups. 

The third stage, scheduled for later this year to early next year, will require adequate vaccination by the general population to establish herd immunity and stop the spread of Covid-19 at the level of the group. 

There would be two doses each person would need, four weeks apart. The vaccine will take 1-2 months to have its full effect, Dr Opas said.