Samut Sakhon Governor keeping Pfizer vaccine for 16- to 18-year-olds


IN a message posted on his personal Facebook page, Samut Sakhon Governor said today (Sept 5) that everyone in his province has the right to be vaccinated including foreigners and that he is reserving Pfizer vaccine doses due to arrive at the end of this month for 16- to 18-year-old teenagers, said.

The governor, Mr. Weerasak Wichitsangsri, also urged adults not to steal vaccine doses being kept for this group of teenagers.

During a visit to Ban Mahachai Municipal School vaccination station which serves both people with advanced booking and those who walk in, someone asked him whether foreigners could just show up and get vaccinated and he replied:

“Everyone in Samut Sakhon must have this right regardless of whether they have household registration papers or not, also whether they are Thais or foreigners.

“Only that it is a bit difficult for foreigners, walking in for them is starting on September 11 because it takes time to arrange interpreters.”

Weerasak also said he found out Pfizer vaccine doses allocated to his province will be arriving later this month. Once it does it is 16- to 18-year-old teenagers who will be initially vaccinated with the target being to inoculate all older children so that they can go to school.

“Regarding this I don’t know whether the UK copied Samut Sakhon or Samut Sakhon copied the UK because the same strategy is being used.

“We hope to reopen schools for older students who have been vaccinated but younger ones are not getting the jabs because of fear of side effects.

“British Prime Minister Boris Johnson clearly said Pfizer vaccine must be given to children first while others asked, ‘if we don’t do it now when are we going to do it?.’

“Knowing this, adults shouldn’t steal vaccines from children,” he said.

Meanwhile the Public Health Ministry said there were 15,452 new coronavirus cases and 224 deaths in the past 24 hours with 14,984 being among the general public and 468 in prisons and detention centres.

The cumulative confirmed total since April 1 has now climbed to 1,251,671 and since the start of the pandemic 1,280,534.

Today’s 224 cases took the death toll to 12,855.

Another 18,257 patients were cured taking total recoveries since April 1 to 1,088,148 while 152,105 patients are still undergoing treatment.


Top: Samut Sakhon Governor  Weerasak Wichitsangsri talking to a man waiting to be vaccinated in his province.

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