Pol.Lt.Gen. Sopon Pisuttiwong, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, chaired the Meeting of the Subcommittee on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Administration of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), No. 10/2021.
As the Royal Thai Government’s plan to procure COVID-19 vaccines from vaccine manufacturing companies is not as smooth as it had expected, the BMA did not receive vaccine allocation as planned. Therefore, the Subcommittee Meeting resolved to prioritize the receiving of COVID-19 in July 2021 as follows:
- People who have had their first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine;
- Elderly persons who are the patients in 7 groups of disease who have already booked a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at various hospitals and the hospitals have already input their names in the MOPH -IC system;
- Medical personnel who have not yet been vaccinated; and
- The general public who have already booked COVID-19 vaccination at all 25 Cooperative COVID-19 vaccination service units outside hospital under SAFE BANGKOK Project: “Thai Ruam Chai, Krungthep Plod Phai”
Moreover, the Subcommittee Meeting considered that elderly persons are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Therefore, they should be the first priority to receive COVID-19 vaccine. However, there are many elderly persons who have not yet booked a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through Mor Prom system and now the registration for COVID-19 vaccinations on this system was suspended. Consequently, the Subcommittee Meeting resolved to allow more than 100 hospitals in Bangkok area who have collaborated with the BMA in providing COVID-19 vaccination services to start a reservation for COVID-19 vaccines for elderly persons only. The order for receiving COVID-19 vaccine will be determined according to date and time of application for vaccination. As for the date for receiving vaccine, the hospital will set an appointment date and time and notify the applicants in due course.