Students wait their turn to receive a Pfizer vaccine at Prachaniwes School in the Chatuchak district of Bangkok on October 4. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)
Seventy percent of Bangkok’s population – 5.43 million people – have so far received a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Bangkok deputy governor Sophon Phisutthiwong said on Tuesday that Bangkok was ready to reopen in accordance with government policy to admit fully vaccinated foreign tourists next month.
Pol Lt Gen Sophon spoke in a meeting with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) Covid-19 Situation Center via teleconference.
Bangkok recorded 1,037 new cases of the coronavirus with 10 more deaths on Tuesday. Of the new cases, 812 were from the capital while the remaining 225 had homes in other provinces but were treated in hospitals in Bangkok, the vice governor said.
As of October 18, a total of 8.13 million people in Bangkok had received a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
He said 5.43 million people, or 70.63% in the capital, have also received a second injection so far. 80% of the population was expected to receive the second dose by October 30.
BMA’s health and district officials inspected 247 businesses in shopping malls between October 14 and October 15 and found that 244 of them were strictly following Covid guidelines.
Officials had issued a warning to the offending operators, and they would face a shutdown order if they did not follow the guidelines.
During the meeting, the agencies were tasked with investigating the number of unvaccinated public transport workers as part of preparations for the opening of the country.