Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital, Bang Khun Thian District: Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, had a site visit to inspect and witness the COVID-19 vaccination provided to executives of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to raise public confidence in a COVID-19 vaccine. The BMA executives to get COVID-19 vaccines today are Mrs. Wantanee Wattana, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the BMA, Director-General of Medical Service Department, Deputy Directors-General of Medical Service Department and Director of Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital.
The Governor of Bangkok revealed that the BMA started the COVID-19 vaccination for 130 BMA medical personnel in 3 BMA affiliated hospitals on March 1, 2021, namely, 30 officers from Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital, 50 officers from Venerable Thawisak Jutindharo Hospital, and 50 officers from Ratchaphiphat Hospital. After getting vaccinated, their symptoms were observed closely so that they would be promptly attended to if there were any adverse reactions. Moreover, the vaccines will be then administered to medical personnel in 13 private hospitals. Within this week, 3,700 medical personnel who work in 6 districts neighboring to Samut Sakhon province will be all inoculated. After that, vaccination service will be provided to other target groups in the following week. For the second week, the BMA plans to inoculate its public health volunteers and other officials whose work are related to the control of COVID-19 pandemic with a chance to have close contact with COVID-19 patients. In the third week, the patients with chronic conditions in seven diseases risk groups will receive COVID-19 vaccine: 1. Chronic and severe respiratory disease, 2. Cardiovascular disease, 3. Cerebrovascular disease, 4. Chronic kidney disease 5. All types of cancers during chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy, 6. Diabetes, and 7. Obesity at the ages ranged from 18 to 59. In the fourth week, the general public and workforces, aged 18 – 59 years, will be vaccinated. They can register for vaccine via MorProm application. For those who are inconvenient or cannot register via MorProm application can inquire for more information or register at the nearest Public Health Center. At the beginning, the Royal Thai Government allocated 66,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from SINOVAC to the BMA which can be provided for 33,000 persons. The inoculation is expected to complete in the third week of March 2021. After that, around the fourth week of the month, the Government will receive another 800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and the BMA will receive 30% of these vaccines for its personnel and people living in Bangkok Metropolitan area. The people can be assured of safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. The BMA really hopes that the people will receive convenient, fast, safe, and effective vaccination service with quality medical standard and free from COVID-19 in the future.