Thai elderly can choose half-dose COVID vaccine boosters to reduce side effects

Seniors who are reluctant to receive a third booster shot, for fear of possible side effects, will be offered the option of a half dose, to encourage them to get their booster and reduce the risk of serious symptoms or death if infected. with COVID-19, the Permanent Secretary for Public Health, Dr Kiattibhoom Vongrachit said today (Tuesday).

Of the 70 deaths recorded today, Dr Kiattibhoom said 47 were over 70 and 52 were not fully vaccinated. 83% of those over 60 had received their first dose of vaccine, 78.8% had received their second dose, but only 32% had received the third booster.

He stressed the need for a campaign to convince the elderly to get their reminders ahead of the Songkran holiday in mid-April, to reduce their risk of infection from their young relatives, who will visit them during the festival. .

He advised people planning to visit their aging parents to ensure they are free of the virus, avoid crowded places for a week before their planned visit and self-administer rapid antigen tests. .

Dr Kiattibhoom also said that the Ministry of Public Health plans to reduce the period of hospitalization for patients with COVID-19, from ten to seven days, plus three days of isolation at home, as doctors now know. much more about the disease.

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