Southern border provinces have seen a stabilizing trend ih Covid-19 infections as the Health Ministry maintains a target of vaccinating 70 percent of the population.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said 50 percent of the country has now received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine while the target is to achieve 70 percent full-vaccination coverage.
He said that, in the southern border provinces, the number of new infections has started to stabilize while the number of deaths now has a tendency to drop.
The minister attributed the improved outlook for the Deep South to vaccine doses that have been sent in recent weeks, saying this was proof that vaccines can quickly build immunity and prevent severe symptoms and deaths.
He added that the same vaccines will be sent to other areas experiencing rising infection numbers, such as Nakhon Si Thammarat, this week.
Deputy Interior Minister Niphon Bunyamanee believes the vaccination rate in the southern border provinces can be raised to 70 percent before the election day for local administrative organizations on Nov. 28, and this should keep the lid on Covid-19 transmissions in those provinces.
He added that disease control measures need to be stringently observed for the election, including during vote rallies, in order for infection numbers to drop before the election day.