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Plan to vaccinate 70 per cent of Bangkok’s population by year-end


The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is aiming to create herd immunity against Covid-19 by vaccinating at least 70 per cent of residents aged over 18 years in all 50 districts, an estimated 5.35 million people.

BMA permanent secretary Silapasuay Raweesaengsoon said on Friday that to achieve this goal, “we have requested 10.48 million doses of vaccine from the government for inoculation from May until December”, she said.

“In the second half of the year, vaccination would be available at both private and public hospitals for the general public, while mobile units will provide vaccination to underprivileged and fragile groups, such as at nursing homes, halfway houses and to disabled people.”

Silapasuay added that in June, the BMA would receive 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to be provided to people aged above 60 years and those who have chronic diseases.

“We are also planning to establish mobile vaccination units at nine public places in the province for people’s convenience and to reduce the need to visit hospitals,” she said.

“These locations are: SCG Headquarters (Bang Sue), Central Lat Phrao, True Digital Park, Thanya Park, The Mall Bang Kapi, Robison Lifestyle Lat Krabang, Central Pinklao, The Mall Bang Khae and Lotus Minburi. Each location is expected to vaccinate around 14,000 people per day.”

Published : April 24, 2021

By : THE NATION