Four target groups to get Pfizer vaccine from August 9
The 1.5 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine that Thailand has received as a donation from the US will be given to four target groups starting August 9, Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department, said on Friday.
The four target groups are:
▪︎ Medical professionals who are treating Covid-19 patients at hospitals and field hospitals nationwide, who have already received two doses of other vaccines, will be given a booster shot. The CDC has earmarked 700,000 doses for this group.
▪︎ People aged over 60, pregnant women, children aged over 12 years and those with seven underlying health problems living in 13 "dark red" provinces -- 645,000 doses.
▪︎ Foreigners living in Thailand and Thais who need to travel overseas, with priority given to those over 60 years, pregnant women, and those with seven underlying health problems -- 150,000 doses.
▪︎ 5,000 doses will be reserved for research purposes with the approval of the Research Ethics Committee.
“We expected the Pfizer vaccine to be delivered to vaccination units by August 5-6 and will start providing jabs from August 9 onwards,” said Opas.
“The Pfizer vaccine must be administered at an interval of 2-3 weeks, so we estimated that by the end of August all 1.5 million doses will be provided.”