Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, chaired the meeting of the Subcommittee on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Administration of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). The meeting resolved to agree with the plan for providing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination service in June 2021 for officers whose works related to disease control such as police officers, soldiers, officers of district offices (floor sweepers and garbage collectors), officers of Bangkok Port Immigration Checkpoint (Khlong Toei Port), officers working in State Quarantine, Alternative State Quarantine, and Local Quarantine facilities and officers working in special inpatient wards or “Hospitels” as well as patients in 7 chronic disease groups, the elderly aged 60 years and older, and the general public. The people can request for vaccination service at hospitals and public service units located outside hospital. In the area of Bangkok Metropolis, the BMA has received supports from private sectors in arranging 14 places to be used as vaccination service units outside hospital which can provide vaccination service to more than 20,500 persons per day. The people can choose the vaccination service unit via “MorProm” LINE official account which will be opened for service on May 1, 2021.
Characteristics of places suitable for providing vaccination service outside hospital are as follows: The place must be conveniently accessible by all the people. In case of emergency, patients must be able to be transported to the nearest hospital within 10 minutes. The location of vaccination service unit must allow the fast and convenient moving of patients to ambulance parking. The place must have enough space for providing vaccination service based on guidelines and principles on infection prevention. The place must be able to arrange waiting area for 30-minute symptom observation with enough seats to accommodate at least 100 people. The place must have good ventilation to avoid heat buildup and let the wind to naturally cool the place. The place must have public toilets and handwashing stations for medical personnel. Internet and WiFi signal must be provided to facilitate the works of officers.
In addition, the meeting agreed and approved that enough seats must be provided for people who wait for service and officers who work at all of the vaccination service units outside hospital. The vaccination service units outside hospital can consider increasing its capacity in providing service to suit the situation. Initially, it was informed that private sectors can provide service continuously for six months.