On Sunday, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang oversaw the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to Bangkok Mass Transit Authority public transport drivers at Central Plaza Ladprao in Chatuchak district.
He visited the site with officials from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
The vaccination station on Central Plaza Ladprao’s third floor, which opened last week as the first COVID-19 vaccination center outside a hospital, will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. According to health officials, its goal is to inoculate up to 1,200 people per day.
The BMA and the Board of Trade have already opened vaccination stations at three locations: The Mall Bang Kapi, Samyan Mitrtown, and Central Plaza Ladprao.
However, both authorities expect to have 25 vaccination stations by the end of May. Earlier this month, the City Hall said it would add more jab points in the capital as part of its efforts to speed up the inoculation program.
Yesterday, health officials confirmed that the 25 vaccination stations that will be available in Bangkok are the following:
- Central Plaza Ladprao
- University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
- Bhumirajanagarindra Kidney Institute Hospital
- SCG Bangsue
- Siam Commercial Bank Head Office
- Sripatum University
- Central Festival Eastville
- Central Plaza Pinklao
- Tesco Lotus Pinklao
- PTT Station, Branch II
- The Mall Bang Khae
- Big C Bangbon
- Samyan Mitrtown
- Thanya Park
- True Digital Park
- Siam Paragon
- Tesco Lotus Rama IV
- The Mall Bang Kapi
- Robinson Lifestyle Lat Krabang
- Tesco Lotus Minburi
- Big C Romklao
Once up and running, all the centers will be able to inoculate between 38,000 and 50,000 people per day.
Authorities have confirmed that the vaccination stations would operate for seven months as part of their plans to achieve herd immunity. Meanwhile, the BMA also advised people to book vaccines through the Mor Phrom (Doctors Ready) app and prepare their ID card before entering the vaccination station.
Medical staff will conduct the follow-up if they don’t have the app, the BMA explained.
The setting up of the jab stations comes as a strategy to accelerate the vaccination program after the third wave of COVID-19 hit Thailand. On Sunday, the government reported 2,302 new cases, bringing the cumulative total to 101,447 since the pandemic began.
Thailand also logged 24 new fatalities for a death toll of 589.
Health officials are currently administering the jabs to registered medical staff and at-risk frontline workers, including bus drivers, teachers, delivery and daycare center staff, and garbage collectors.
Vaccines are expected to roll out to the general public in June.