Pol.Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, BMA Spokesman, revealed after a meeting of the Subcommittee on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Administration of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) that, after the BMA received vaccine allocation, 100% of medical personnel, which was the first target group for vaccine rollout, were vaccinated and almost 100% of frontline healthcare officers were vaccinated. This week, at-risk people in 7 chronic disease groups will be inoculated in order to prevent severe symptoms or death if infected.
At the meeting, discussion focused on the following 3 main issues:
Firstly, the meeting resolved to adjust vaccination service plan for target groups as follows:
- Then, the BMA planned to inoculate at-risk people in 7 chronic disease groups, aged 50 – 59 years 10 months, who were admitted to hospitals located in risk areas in 6 districts of Bangkok connecting to Samut Sakhon province. Now, the BMA decides to inoculate people in 7 chronic disease groups, aged 18 – 59 years 10 months, who are admitted to hospitals located in risk areas in 6 districts of Bangkok connecting to Samut Sakhon province.
- Then, the BMA planned to inoculate medical personnel and frontline healthcare officers who work in risk areas in 6 districts of Bangkok connecting to Samut Sakhon province. Now, the BMA decides to inoculate medical personnel and frontline healthcare officers in all 50 districts.
- The BMA plans to inoculate people living in COVID-19-affected areas in order to rapidly control the spread of disease, for example, vendors and laborers in markets in Bang Khae district will be vaccinated.
Secondly, the meeting discussed vaccination service for vendors and laborers in markets in Bang Khae district
The BMA and network partners are ready to provide vaccination service at designated hospitals. Those who have difficulty in traveling or traveling can increase risks to personal health and be at risk of disease transmission can receive COVID-19 vaccination at mobile units which will start providing service at Bang Khae market on March 17, 2021 onwards.
Thirdly, next week the BMA will receive another 240,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine which can inoculate 120,000 people. The meeting approved to inoculate medical personnel from both public and private sectors who work in all areas apart from the 6 districts with the Sinovac vaccine because they are at a high risk for infection.