Thailand’s COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign: Progress and Challenges
Overview of Vaccination Progress
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in Thailand has recently released data on the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations within the country. As per the report, 2,194,183 individuals have been inoculated. Of these, 1,842,355 have received their first dose, while 351,828 have gotten their second shot.
The DDC has systematically divided the vaccination process into three distinct phases. The first phase, running from February to April 2021, prioritized frontline medical personnel, residents of high-risk areas, and those with specific diseases. The second phase, from May to July 2021, extended the coverage to senior citizens, people with particular diseases, and those living in high-risk locations. The final phase, scheduled from June to December 2021, aims to vaccinate the general public to achieve herd immunity.
Vaccination Status Across Provinces
The report also delves into the vaccination status in each province of Thailand. In Bangkok, the city with the densest population, 107,109 individuals have been vaccinated. The province leading in vaccinations is Samut Sakhon, with a total of 192,005 vaccinations. Other provinces with high numbers of vaccinations include Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, and Nonthaburi.
Monitoring Side Effects
The DDC is not only focused on the vaccination process but also dedicated to monitoring the side effects of the vaccines. Out of the total vaccinated population, 0.67% reported experiencing some side effects. The majority of these were non-severe symptoms such as muscle pain, fever, and fatigue, which the DDC classifies as normal reactions indicating the body’s response towards building protection against the virus. However, there have been severe cases, about 0.002% of the vaccinated population, where individuals experienced difficulty breathing or chest pain. The DDC has strongly emphasized that anyone experiencing severe symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
Public Encouragement and Preventive Measures
The DDC is urging the public to get vaccinated when it’s their turn, emphasizing that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks. Alongside this, the DDC also advises people to continue practicing preventive measures such as wearing masks, washing hands regularly, and maintaining social distancing to curb the spread of the virus.
In conclusion, while the DDC is making considerable progress in its vaccination campaign, there have been reports of side effects. However, most of these side effects are non-severe and are considered normal reactions to vaccination. The DDC continues to monitor the situation closely and encourages everyone to get vaccinated and continue practicing preventive measures against COVID-19.
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