Government Agrees 4.25 Billion Baht Deal For More Sinovac Doses

Sinovac Vaccine

The cabinet has approved 4.25 billion baht to procure 12 million more Sinovac vaccine doses to support its mix-and-match vaccination plan.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said yesterday the cabinet approved a budget of 4.25 billion baht to purchase another 12 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine to build up immunity in people in three main target groups.

They comprise people with underlying health conditions putting them at risk; people aged 60 years and over; officials whose duties involve Covid-19 control, such as officials at disease control checkpoints and quarantine facilities, soldiers, police and garbage collectors. Any remaining vaccines will go to the general public.

Mr Wangboonkongchana said the purchase of the additional 12 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine was in line with the vaccine procurement plan. The vaccine could be delivered this month or in October, and it would also support the mix-and-match vaccination plan, he said. The mixed-dose vaccination uses the Sinovac vaccine as the first jab and AstraZeneca as the second.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will vaccinate obese and chronically ill teenage students against COVID-19.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said students at BMA schools aged 12-18 years who had health conditions would receive a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer at Navamindradhiraj University in Dusit district, starting from 21st September.

The 437 schools under the BMA’s jurisdiction had been instructed to register students for vaccination from 6th-8th September, the governor said.

Inoculations would be available for students suffering from obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, those with chronic respiratory illnesses including asthma, and other chronic conditions.

The BMA would later provide COVID-19 vaccination for all students aged 12-18, he said.