11 July 2024

Bangkok Governor Assawin Kwanmuang said today (Sunday) that he is confident that 70% of the population of the capital will have received at least one dose of vaccine by the end of this month.

The governor observed the vaccination service at the Bang Khae branch of The Mall today, one of the 25 non-hospital vaccination facilities operated by City Hall.

The free vaccination service resumed for a second day today, following temporary closure due to a vaccine shortage, said the governor, adding that City Hall has been allocated 750,000 doses of vaccine by the Ministry of Public Health, with the first batch of 175,000 doses received.

The governor said that 3,441 people who registered, but whose appointments were postponed due to vaccine shortages, will be given AstraZeneca vaccine as the first dose.

He added that those who cannot show up as appointed will not lose their right to be inoculated.

The vaccine is meant for people who are in the 18-59 age group who have registered via Thai Ruam Jai app.

The governor said that City Hall has opened 65 pre-admission facilities, in addition to general and field hospitals under its supervision, to cope with patients in both the “Yellow” and “Red” categories in need of medical treatment.

Moreover, he said that the city administration still has 130,000 tablets of anti-viral Favipiravir in reserve, out of about 550,000 tablets it has purchased in the past three months, as most of them have already been distributed to general and field hospitals.

He assured that people testing positive, using rapid antigen tests, and who have notified via the 1330 hotline of the test results, will enter home or community isolation programs and given the needed medication within 24 hours.

If they cannot contact the hotline, they can call their respective district office and officials will respond within six hours, after which they will receive Fah Talai Jone herbal medicine, if they are asymptomatic, and Favipiravir anti-viral tablets if they show mild symptoms, said the governor, adding that this process will be supervised by doctors.