BANGKOK (Jan 8): Thailand will receive the first 200,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Sinovac Biotech Ltd, China, in February, Disease Control Department’s director-general Dr Opas Karnkawonpong said.
According to report by the Thai News Agency (TNA), he said these 200,000 doses will be for medical personnel, disease control workers and health volunteers in five provinces that are maximum Covid-19 control zones, namely Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chon Buri, Trat and Chanthaburi.
Dr Opas added that in March and April, Thailand would receive 800,000 doses and one million doses respectively.
The vaccines will be given to people who are 60 years old and over and people with chronic diseases namely heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, lung and kidney diseases and obesity in 23 maximum control provinces.
The TNA also reported that in May, 26 million doses will be accepted for vaccination among general people. The government plans vaccination for 70% of the population to develop herd immunity and contain Covid-19.
Vaccination for general people will continue until early next year, Dr Opas said.