Bangkok will vaccinate students aged 12-18 against the coronavirus starting Sept. 21 with other provinces following suit Oct. 1.
Teenagers with one of seven chronic diseases who study in one of 437 schools under the supervision of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration already are scheduled to be vaccinated at Navamindradhiraj University starting a week from tomorrow.
Previously, that group of students was required to supply information needed to register for the vaccine as a precursor to being diagnosed by a doctor for safety purposes.
The Royal College of Pediatricians of Thailand suggested to city hall that students 12-16 old should be vaccinated only if they are in a vulnerable group, such as by being obese or having a chronic respiratory illness, coronary artery disease, at risk of stroke, chronic kidney disease, cancer and immunodeficiency illnesses, diabetes, or one of the genetic disorders including Down syndrome.
Meanwhile, students 16-18, including those with congenital diseases, have no limitations on getting vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education plans to vaccinate both school and college students, studying in either private or public institutions, in October. However, the students need to be permitted to get vaccinated by their parents.
Provincial education offices and provincial public health offices will collate the number of students with parental permission, so as to supply sufficient vaccine doses for vaccinations.
First up, the ministry plans to vaccinate students in the 29 “dark red” coronavirus maximum and strict control provinces first to prepare for the second semester of 2021.