BMA To Close Vaccination Hubs, Din Daeng Stadium Still Open

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced it would close most of the 25 vaccination spots in the capital from Tuesday, except only for the main vaccination center at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng.

The BMA explained that Din Daeng’s jab spot would remain open to inoculate unvaccinated Thais and migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos who have not received their first Covid-19 vaccine dose.

At the large Bang Sue station, the other major vaccination facility operated by the Ministry of Public Health, people can currently get vaccinated through walk-ins, the BMA stated.

On Sunday, local media reported that several Thai employers accompanied a crowd of employees from Myanmar and Thailand to the Thai-Japanese stadium to get vaccinated. The Sinovac vaccine made in China is given as a first dose for free, officials explained.

An employer told reporters he had accompanied 63 workers, mostly Burmese, from a construction workers’ dormitory on Narathiwat Road in Sathorn district.

All of them expected to get vaccinated early Sunday, and some told the media they were excited to be able to get a Covid-19 shot. Also, the employer said another 100 laborers would go to the vaccination center to get jabbed today.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health said about 11 million Thais had not received their first coronavirus shot. Many have expressed concern over the jab’s safety, it added.

But the Thai government has launched an advertising campaign to attract the unvaccinated, motivating them to get Covid-19 shots as it strives to reach a 100% vaccination rate by the end of this year.