Thailand to start giving booster shots from end of this month

BANGKOK (Sept 3): Thailand is to start giving booster jabs of Covid-19 vaccines to 3 million vaccinated people, as early as end of this month.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health  Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the booster jab would be given to those who have completed two shots of Sinovac vaccine, at least three months ago.

“We will administer AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as booster shot,” he told reporters here today. 

Starting mid-July, Thailand started gaving booster shots of imported mRNA vaccine to its frontline workers - who were given imported Sinovac before.

To date, Thailand has administered 34.29  million doses of vaccine including 597,598 doses were administered as third booster shots.

Meanwhile,  Anutin said 5 million Thais in 12 to 18 age group would be vaccinated starting next month.

He said this group would receive Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine which is scheduled to arrive in October.

Over the last 24 hours, Thailand reported  14,653 new COVID-19 cases and 271 fatalities, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 1,249, 140 and 12,374 deaths since the outbreak in January last year.

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