BEING eager to get a coronavirus vaccine the Nakhon Ratchasima municipality today (Jan. 23) said it is ready to use 40 million baht of its reserve budget to buy enough doses for 120,000 living within its zone of jurisdiction, INN News and Sanook.com reported.
Mr. Surawut Cherdchai, the mayor of Nakhon Ratchasima which is also called Korat, said his municipality would like to make this purchase on its own if the government confirmed it could do so.
He added that this expenditure could quickly be brought to the municipality meeting for approval because there was a 40 million baht reserve budget to be drawn upon so as to vaccinate all the people within this municipality.
However, the municipality has still to find out from the government which vaccines are safe and yield the best result.
It has also still to be clarified whether using the local budget in this manner violates any regulations.
Meanwhile Mr. Paiboon Pruekpanawet, the head of Nong Phai Lom subdistrict municipality, said in a Facebook post that they were ready to approve a 10-million-baht budget to purchase a vaccine if the government gave the go-ahead.
Nakhon Ratchasima workers cleaning and disinfecting an area where coronavirus had spread. Thai headline says, “Korat is ready to buy vaccine.” Photo: Sanook.com