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Most Thailand Schools Back in Classroom Amid High Vaccination Rates

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Most Thailand schools resumed on-site teaching after a majority of parents agreed to have their children vaccinated against Covid-19.

In a meeting on Covid-19 vaccination for young children attended by representatives of the Education, Public Health and Interior ministries, Education Minister Trinuch Thienthong said schools reopened safely as almost all teachers received their first vaccine dose and more than 80% of students aged 12-18 years got their second doses.

Most of them returned to their on-site classes, the minister said.

Supat Jampathong, permanent secretary for education, said that 80% of schools in 40 provinces resumed their on-site classes and the rate in most of the 37 other provinces was about 50%.

Authorities in some provinces remained concerned as on-site teaching was restored at 20% of schools in Phuket and 29% in Rayong, he said.

So far, parents of 2.57 million children aged 5-12 years agreed with Covid-19 vaccination for children. They formed 61% of 4.1 million children of the age range, he said.