Two Korat hospitals run out of Covid vaccines in a day

WHILE 9,900 people in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) got their first Covid-19 jab yesterday (June 7), the first day of the national vaccination drive, this morning two hospitals indefinitely postponed the service because they had already used up all the allocated vaccines, Amarin TV said.

This province was given 23,600 doses of AstraZeneca and 24,300 doses of Sinovac vaccines to inject its residents during June-7-13.

However this morning Suranaree University of Technology Hospital and Suranaree Camp Hospital posted notices on their Facebook pages that they are putting off their vaccination service indefinitely because they used up all the allocated doses yesterday for people over 60 years of age and those suffering from seven groups of chronic diseases.

They added that they would immediately inform those who had registered for the jabs via the Mor Phrom app and via the call centre immediately upon getting more doses.

Meanwhile, Dr. Jet Boonyawongwiwat, deputy director of Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital, livestream via the hospital’s Facebook page that those who are to receive their Covid shots today after registering via Mor Phrom app should go to Central Plaza Nakhon Ratchasima for the service but the focus is only on people over 60 years of age and those suffering from any of the seven groups of chronic diseases.

He added that those who registered for Sinovac jabs during June-7-9 will now get the shots during June 10-13 but this has still to be confirmed.

In another development the Department of Medical Sciences revealed yesterday that two cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus had been found at a workers camp in this province’s Prathai district and they are now undergoing treatment. Tests of those at risk through close contact with them are taking place and the entire camp quarantined.

Nationally that there were 2,662 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours and 28 fatalities taking the overall death toll to 1,297, Thai Rath newspaper said.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said at 12.30 p.m. that the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic now stands at 182,548 and in the current wave that started in April 153,685.

Of today’s new batch of cases 2,112 were among the general public,  534 in prisons and detention centres while 16 overseas arrivals were quarantined.

Another 2,483 patients were cured taking total recoveries to 131,999. At the same time 49,252 patients are still undergoing treatment with 19,734 being in hospitals and 29,518 in field hospitals and 1,281 are in serious condition, of them  359 require ventilators.

Thailand continues to rank 80th in the global coronavirus map.


People waiting to get the Covid jab and getting the jab in Korat yesterday, June 7. Photos: Amarin TV


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