Thailand changes to combination vaccine AstraZeneca – Pfizer

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Elderly people wait in line to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Bangkok, Thailand, July 23 – Photo: REUTERS

September 4, newspaper Bangkok Post Citing the Thai Ministry of Health, the decision was made based on the recommendations of the subcommittee of this ministry on immunity, domestic and foreign studies. Under this plan, people over the age of 18 will receive the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and the second dose of Pfizer after 12 weeks.

“The mass injection will start in October, when we have the Pfizer vaccine. About 10 million doses of the vaccine are expected to be delivered this month,” said Mr. Sophon Iamsirithavorn, deputy director of Thailand’s Department of Disease Control. speak.

Thailand is currently mainly combining the first dose with Sinovac vaccine and the second dose with AstraZeneca after 3 or 4 weeks.

Mr. Sophon said that the country will stop buying more Sinovac vaccine after starting the combination of AstraZeneca – Pfizer duo. “We are waiting for the second generation of an inactivated vaccine that is resistant to variants and has a high level of safety. We will consider buying this vaccine if it can be given to children,” he said.

In addition, those who have received 2 doses of Sinovac will receive 1 additional dose of AstraZeneca.

Thailand is stepping up the vaccination program after starting to reopen some services such as restaurants and haircuts from September 1.

On September 3, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that half of more than 63,000 employees working for restaurants in Bangkok and neighboring provinces have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The country plans to inoculate the rest of the population in the next two weeks.

Thailand’s Ministry of Health also set an injection target for 70% of people at high risk, such as people over 60 years old, with chronic diseases, pregnant women, in September. The country recommends people with COVID-19 After the first dose, the second dose can be continued after 3 months from the date of positive confirmation.

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