A Public Health Ministry committee endorsed a plan to allow subdistrict hospitals and mobile units to become Covid-19 vaccination centers for Thailand’s rural population.
Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said it is necessary to vaccinate the elderly, people with underlying diseases, and women at least three months pregnant as fast as possible as they have a higher risk of fatality from Covid-19.
Previously, the ministry said the target was to vaccinate 70 percent of residents in “dark-red” provinces and 50
To accelerate the current vaccination rate, the ministry agreed to enable subdistrict hospitals to acquire mobile units to shorten travel distances for people in rural areas.
However, the vaccination process conducted by subdistrict hospitals and mobile units must be the same as that at major vaccination centers. Hospitals and their units must monitor the recipients after the vaccination, and have the required equipment for emergencies.
On Aug. 14, Anutin visited a health station in Pak Chong District of Nakhon Ratchasima, one of the first provinces to have a vaccination center in areas other than the major ones in the city center. There, vaccine recipients from nearby villages said they were pleased to get inoculated near their homes as it’s quite far to travel to the crowded city center.
Meanwhile, bedridden and elderly patients were vaccinated at home by mobile units.