DDC is approaching a new dose target
Aims to vaccinate 50% by the end of October
Buyers return to the Chatuchak weekend market on Saturday after the restrictions in Bangkok are eased. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) aims to meet its vaccination target of delivering the first vaccine against Covid-19 to at least 50% of the population by the end of next month. He also hopes to deliver 1 million doses in just one day later this month.
Opas Karnkawinpong, director general of the DDC, said people have learned to live with the pandemic. They followed the Ministry of Public Health’s universal prevention guidelines, such as wearing masks, hand washing and social distancing in overcrowded areas.
From February 28 to September 16, approximately 43.3 million vaccines were given to people, including 28.4 million first doses and about 14.3 million second.
âWe can deliver vaccines at a rate of 900,000 doses per day and hope to achieve our plan to have half the population received the first vaccine by October.â To mark a key public health event on September 24, we will deliver a million doses that day, âhe said.
Next Friday is Prince Mahidol Day, which commemorates the prince’s contributions to the development of modern medical education in Thailand and his dedication to the health care of Thais. Prince Mahidol, father of the late King Rama IX, died on September 24, 1929.
Meanwhile, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will draft a proposal to reopen five provinces to foreign tourists, with the tentative date October 1.
The proposal will be submitted to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for approval on September 23, he said.
The five provinces are Bangkok, Chon Buri (Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District and Sattahip District), Phetchaburi (Cha-am District), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin District) and Chang Mai (Muang, Mae Taeng, Mae Rim and Doi Tao neighborhoods).
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said all provinces except Bangkok are now ready for reopening.
For Chon Buri, 51% of the population received his first dose and 24% his second.
For Phetchaburi, about 47% of the population received the first blow and 27% the second.
In Prachuap Khiri Khan, about 40% are vaccinated on the first shot and 26% on the second. In Chiang Mai, only 29% of the population had the first stroke and 17% the second.
In Bangkok, about 94% of the population received the first injection of the vaccine and 40% the second.
The target for Bangkok before it reopens is 70% to have received the second dose on October 22.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is in talks with the Ministry of Public Health on the possibility of accelerating the delivery of more doses of the vaccine to the city so that it can reopen sooner.