Thailand combines the Sinovac – AstraZeneca vaccine to shorten the time to inject 2 doses

Director General of the Department of Disease Control of Thailand, Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, said that Thailand’s main vaccination regimen is currently the first Sinovac vaccine, followed by the AstraZeneca vaccine. This regimen will help Thailand speed up vaccination.

Previously, people who received two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in this country had to wait up to 12 weeks for the second dose. If injected according to the new regimen, people only have to wait 4 weeks.

Dr. Opas asserts that both regimens provide the injector with similar levels of immunity. He also said that this change is in line with the current epidemic situation as the Thai authorities want to fully vaccinate as many people as possible against Covid-19 as soon as possible to slow the spread of the Delta variant. .

Currently, Thailand has 24 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine available, including 6 million doses of Sinovac, 10 million doses of AstraZeneca and 8 million doses of Pfizer.

On September 7, the Thai government approved 4.2 billion baht (more than 128.4 million USD) to buy 12 million more doses of Sinovac vaccine used for combination injection regimens. Thai government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said China’s vaccine source is always available and ready to be shipped immediately.

Another 4.8 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine will be given to children and adolescents aged 12 to 17 years. Parents will be advised about the potential risks of getting the Covid-19 vaccine, and children will only be vaccinated with parental consent.

With an ample supply of vaccine, Thailand will accelerate vaccination for 50% of the population in all provinces, including booster shots for people who have had two doses of Sinovac and for children from 12 years of age. /.

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