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Free COVID-19 vaccinations stepped up ahead of increased foreign arrivals

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[FILE] A health worker administers the CoronaVac vaccine, at a makeshift clinic in Bang Khae Market, after hundreds of residents in the district tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on March 17, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Due to an anticipated increase in foreign arrivals, Chinese tourists in particular, everyone, especially the those over 60, people with chronic diseases, pregnant women, those who weigh over 90kg, small children and those who have not been vaccinated, have been urged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or to get booster shots.

COVID-19 infections are on the rise in several provinces. In the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, for instance, over 600 cases were reported last week alone, with 14 fatalities, most of whom were unvaccinated.

The vaccination services are free of charge for Thais and foreigners at state hospitals or health centres nationwide.

In Bangkok, people who want to get vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine can just walk in to the Institute of Dermatology, near the Victory Monument, or make advance bookings. The institute will provide a free vaccination service from 9am until 3pm on January 12th, 13th and 16th to 20th.

Those who received their last vaccine dose over four months ago are advised to get another booster shot.

Other free vaccination facilities are at the Ministry of Public Health’s vaccination centre, at the office of the permanent secretary, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 2 pm, at the Bangkok Youth Centre in Din Daeng on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm and at the Health Department’s health service centres every Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to 4pm and on Saturday from 8am to 4pm.

Siriraj Hospital is also offering free vaccinations at the health examination centre every work day, for people who are over 18, from 1pm to 3pm. The service requires advance booking through the “Siriraj Connect” app only and the number is limited at 200 a day. Advance registration begins on January 17th from 9am to 3pm.

For other provinces, vaccination services are available atprovincial health offices, sub-district hospitals and local health centres.

 


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