The Ministry of Public Health has stated that it will start the vaccination of the public nationwide from 1 June onward, as, prior to that, it aims to vaccinate medical staff and people in the high-risk areas first to reduce the spread of the virus.
The ministry has also ordered all provinces to accelerate the vaccination for 300,000 frontline health workers and the risk groups of people nationwide, so that it is finished by this week. It is expected that the infection rate will continue to decrease.
A study on immunity by Chulalongkorn University’s Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology and Banphaeo General Hospital in Samut Sakhon province has found that the Sinovac vaccine provides as much as 99.4% immunity against COVID-19.
Chief of the Centre Dr Yong Poovorawan explained that researchers studied the immunity of people before and after they received two doses of the Chinese vaccine in a bid to predict the chance of COVID-19 infections.
They found that a person’s immunity greatly increased on receiving the vaccine. A month after the second jab, immunity then increased, similar to immunity in patients who had already been infected for 4-8 weeks.
The fourth lot of Sinovac vaccine at 500,000 doses from China reached Thailand on Saturday (April 24).
According to Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Pfizer is likely to deliver 10 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine but the arrival has yet to be scheduled.
Mr Anutin said the procurement has been discussed with Pfizer and its representative assured 10 million doses would be available for Thailand but a delivery date had not been concluded yet. The government then asked the company to work out the schedule, price and relevant conditions of the vaccine as soon as possible.