The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed yesterday that authorities plan to suspend registration for COVID-19 vaccines through the Mor Prom (Doctors Ready) app to avoid a bottleneck.
On Wednesday, CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the Mor Prom online platform previously covered vaccination registration, first and second doses follow-ups, vaccination certification, and side effects. However, amid growing confusion, the government has decided to exclude the jab booking option from the app.
From now on, Mor Prom (Doctors Ready) will only include vaccination certification and follow-up.
The Thai government recently announced that the general public could book COVID-19 vaccines through the innovative app. Nonetheless, in a sudden turnabout, Dr. Taweesilp stated that provincial authorities should have their own vaccination registration systems like Phuket, Nonthaburi and Bangkok to serve the large number of people requesting shots in their areas.
Dr. Taweesilp assured that the elderly and those patients with underlying diseases who had successfully register through the app to get vaccines would not have to reapply and would be inoculated.
Their vaccinations would be administered soon, the spokesperson said. He also explained that people could request COVID-19 vaccines at local hospitals and with local health volunteers, besides using provincial registration systems.
Subsequently, the data would be sent to the centralized Mor Prom platform, Dr. Taweesilp went on.
According to Dr. Taweesilp, COVID-19 vaccines would be distributed based on the needs of different areas and groups of people. Under this plan, those areas with more severe outbreaks and groups of at-risk workers will receive more doses.
The first immunizations were given on February 28 and official data showed that, as of Tuesday, 3.15 million people in the country had been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Of that group, 2.16 million had received their first jab, and 989,618 had gotten both vaccine shots. Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri stated that 57% of the doses administered so far had been for medical personnel and workers in contact with COVID-19 patients.
He also said that 34% had been used to inoculate people in outbreak areas and 8% for the elderly and people with one or more of the seven chronic diseases.