BMA-run vaccination facilities in Bangkok close except Din Daeng stadium

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) closed all but one of its 25 vaccination facilities in the capital on Tuesday, but retained the main centre at the Thai-Japanese stadium in Din Daeng.

According to the BMA, Din Daeng is being kept open to provide free COVID-19 inoculation to unvaccinated Thai people and migrant workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, many of whom are yet to receive their first vaccine jab.

The other major vaccination facility, operated by the Ministry of Public Health, is at the Bang Sue grand station, where walk-ins are accepted.

Several Thai employers were seen accompanying hundreds of their Myanmar and Thai employees to the Thai-Japanese stadium for vaccination this morning (Sunday). The Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine is being administered as the first dose.

One Thai employer said he brought 63 mostly Myanmar workers from a construction worker dormitory on Narathiwat Road in Sathorn district to get vaccinated, adding that about 100 others will arrive tomorrow. Some told the media that they are excited to be able to get vaccinated.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, there are about 11 million Thais who are yet to receive their first vaccine dose, many of whom are concerned about vaccine safety.

A publicity campaign has been launched to lure the unvaccinated to get inoculated, as the Thai government wants to reach 100% vaccination of people in Thailand by the end of this year.

Source: Thai PBS World