12 July 2024

The Disease Control Department reassured the public today (Monday) that 6.5 million more doses of vaccines will be distributed across the country by this month, or July 2nd the latest, amid widespread jab appointment postponements due to insufficient allocations.

Disease Control Department Director-General Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong said that, for June, the first instalment one million doses of Sinovac and two million of AZ vaccines will have been received in Bangkok between June 7thand 20th, with the first lot of 300,000 doses of AZ vaccine and 150,000 doses of Sinovac already distributed the Bangkok City Hall, 300,000 doses to the Office of Social Security for use in Bangkok and another 150,000 doses for 11 universities, also for use in Bangkok.

One million doses of both vaccines have been distributed to 76 provinces and another 100,000 doses distributed for inoculation of frontline officials, such as police and troops handling infected people, teachers and those in public transport service, he said.

Meanwhile, for the second instalment, to be distributed between June 21st and July 2nd, Dr. Opart said that two million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 1.5 million doses of Sinovac are expected later this month, meeting the 6.5 million dose target for June.

Dr. Opart also stated that 8.1 million doses of vaccine have been received since February. 2.1 million of which are from AstraZeneca, and 6 million from Sinovac. The department aims to inoculate 50 million people, or 70% of the population in Thailand must be inoculated by the end of this year.

So far, 6.18 million doses have been administered to date, with 1.7 million jabs in Bangkok alone.

For the second instalment, to be delivered between June 21st and July 2nd, Dr. Opart said that two million doses of AZ vaccine and 1.5 million doses of Sinovac are expected later this month, meeting the 6.5 million dose target for June.