IN AN effort to draw children under 12 years of age to get a Covid jab Phetchabun province today (Feb. 10) launched an incentive programme whereby they get a chance of winning one of 19 iPads by entering prize draws, TV Channel 7 said.
Mr. Krit Kongmuang, the provincial governor, and Dr. Kamol Kanyaprasit, Phetchabun’s public health doctor, said there are two prize draws for children in the five-12 age group with the one being at the end of the first jab round and the other after the second jab round ends.
Those who get their first shot during Feb.1-Mar. 28 stand a chance of winning one of 10 iPads with 10-inch screen and unlimited data Sim for a year with the draw taking place on March 31.
Those who get their second jab during Mar. 29-May 28 get another chance of winning one of nine similar iPads also and unlimited data Sim for a year with the draw set for May 30.
Krit said the draws have been organised to motivate parents to bring their children in for vaccination.
Meanwhile Thailand hit a new high with 14,822 Covid cases today as the Public Health Ministry urged the elderly to get their booster shot so that Thai people could safely celebrate Songkran festival in April.
Today is the sixth day in a row that the Covid tally soared over 10,000, with yesterday’s total being 13,182.
Of this large batch of cases 14,576 were domestic while 246 overseas arrivals tested positive.
However, if the total of 7,754 people testing positive via ATK but awaiting confirmation by PCR test is added, the tally climbs over 22,000.
The cumulative confirmed total since the beginning of this year has now exceeded 320,000 with over 100,000 patients undergoing treatment.
Bangkok continued to have the highest number of cases with today’s count being 2,670 followed by Samut Prakan with 991, Chonburi 763, Phuket 626, Nonthaburi 504, Ratchaburi 379 and Nakhon Si Thammarat 372.
The Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Disease Control, warned people, especially those suffering from seven chronic diseases and the elderly, to quickly get their booster jab because the total number of people who have done so over the past one to two weeks is very low with the third shot being essential.
Children getting tested and vaccinated. Photos: BBC