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Bangkok adds more jabs stations

Officials from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's health office in Klong Toey district administer the Covid-19 vaccine to people living in Klong Toey communities at Tesco Lotus Rama IV superstore on Saturday. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
Officials from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s health office in Klong Toey district administer the Covid-19 vaccine to people living in Klong Toey communities at Tesco Lotus Rama IV superstore on Saturday. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

City Hall will add more Covid-19 vaccination stations in Bangkok for a total of 25 to speed up inoculation in the capital. The first venue will be opened at Central Plaza Ladprao shopping centre on Wednesday.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuan on Saturday held a meeting with executives of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and representatives of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, including chamber chairman Sanan Angubolkul, and concerned agencies to discuss the vaccination cooperation plan.

The city administration and the chamber earlier struck a deal to set up 14 vaccination stations outside hospitals.

The 14 places are SCG head office in Bang Sue, Central Plaza Ladprao, The Mall Bangkapi, Robinson Lat Krabang, Tesco Lotus Minburi, Samyan Mitrtown, True Digital Park, Thanya Park, Asiatique, Central Plaza Pinklao, Iconsiam, PTT station Rama II, The Mall Bangkae and Big C Bang Bon 

The chamber later proposed 11 more stations. Now, preparations of equipment are being made and the BMA’s Health Department will check the readiness and equipment to make sure they meet the standard requirements. 

There will be 25 vaccination stations in the capital, each with a capacity to inoculate 1,000-3,000 people a day, according to the BMA. All 25 places could vaccinate 38,000-50,000 people a day.

All stations will provide the service for seven months. All concerned agencies will conduct a trial run of the system at the first venue in Central Plaza Ladprao mall on Tuesday. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will open it the next day.

The venue plans to inoculate 1,000 people a day, starting from 8am to 5pm. Target groups are medical frontliers and people with at-risk careers such as garbage-collecting staff in the BMA’s 50 districts and teachers. The other vaccination venues will gradually open.

The meeting agreed to give priority for vaccination to medical frontline staff, as well as teachers who worked closely with students. In Bangkok, there are more than 160,000 teachers at pre-schooling, primary, secondary and vocational educational levels.

After these groups get vaccinated, high-risk groups with seven chronic diseases and the elderly will be given the shots, according to the BMA.

Bangkok logged the highest infections on Saturday with 1,112 out of 2,419 new cases reported by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. 

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