More than 50 percent of people in eight provinces have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.
Spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangson said Friday that, as of Sept. 17, 43,342,103 doses of vaccines had been administered. Of those, 28.4 million doses were for the first jab, equal to 39.5 percent of the population. Second doses of 14.2 million shots accounted for 19.8 percent of the population and 620,000 doses have been given as third-shot boosters.
The inoculations covered more than 50 percent of people in eight provinces: Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Phuket and Phangnga.
Meanwhile, more than 70 percent of elderly people age 60 and over have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in five provinces: Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Phuket, Ranong and Phangnga.
Apisamai also said that the Public Health Ministry approved the third and booster jab for the people who had received two doses of the vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech.
The booster inoculation would start on Sept. 24 for about 3 million people who had obtained two doses of Sinovac between March and May. Those eligible will be invited via SMS.
In Phuket, where more than 70 percent of people have been inoculated twice with Sinovac, a study found that when a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine was administered as the third jab under the skin, it boosted antibodies similar to muscular injection.
Therefore, the Public Health Ministry resolved to start intradermal injection in Phuket. With intradermal injection, one dose of the vaccine could be administered for five people with 0.1 milliliters each.