11 July 2024

A caravan of COVID-19 inoculation vans, from the Public Health Ministry, began inoculating people over 60, bed-ridden patients and their caretakers in Bangkok today (Tuesday), before going on to tour the country to inoculate the vulnerable on Friday. 

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul explained that the caravan targets the elderly, as well as those taking care of them, staff members of nursing homes and especially those living in high-risk communities.

The caravan is a cooperation between the Health Service Support Department, the Health and Elderly Establishment Confederation and Banphaeo Hospital and aims to inoculate 1,200 people in 32 high-risk areas in Bangkok. After that, it will travel to 3,000 other areas across the country.

Mr. Anutin said that the elderly are at high risk of getting infected with COVID-19, and are more likely to develop more serious symptoms, compared to other groups. Therefore, inoculating them, especially those in nursing homes, will help build immunity and reduce their risk of dying from the disease.