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No walk-in vaccinations at Bang Sue Grand Station yet


Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said on Wednesday that a planned walk-in Covid vaccination service at Bang Sue Central Station in Bangkok was under discussion after the prime minister called a halt to the move on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha put the brakes on the plan over concern it could trigger overcrowding and vaccine shortages at jab points.

The PM intervened after Saksayam announced on Monday that the station would provide walk-in jabs for transport workers from May 24 before expanding the service to the general public from June 1.

On Wednesday, Saksayam said the jabs for transport staff would go ahead as scheduled.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the Bang Sue Grand Station service was not a model for walk-in vaccinations. Instead, the Transport Ministry had set up a centre at the station to jab between 10,000 and 100,000 public bus drivers, taxi drivers, airport checkpoint workers and others, he added.

The plan for walk-in vaccination is just a backup, said Anutin.

Meanwhile, people must book vaccinations through the Mor Prom application or prior registration at vaccination centres.

Published : May 19, 2021

By : The Nation