Thailand is on its ninth day of official opening to international tourists. More than 80 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, placing Thailand in 18th place among the countries and territories with the most doses administered.
The COVID-19 Situation Administration Center (CCSA) today (November 9) unveiled the five provinces with the highest percentages of people fully vaccinated. Bangkok came out on top with 87.5%, followed by Phuket with 79.6%, Chonburi (including Pattaya) with 71.8%, Samut Prakan with 60.8% and Phang Nga with 59.9%. These high percentages are believed to be behind the decline in new infections in Bangkok and Samut Prakan.
The responsible agencies are currently accelerating vaccination in the pilot tourist provinces of the “blue zone” where some Covid restrictions are relaxed. Nong Khai remains the only province in the Blue Zone where immunization coverage has yet to reach 50%, although the number is getting closer. Nong Khai currently has coverage of 48.7% overall and 66.4% for seniors.
The coverage rate recently reached 50% in Udon Thani and Loei, which are also inside the blue zone. Udon Thani now has vaccination coverage of 51.6% overall and 77.7% for seniors. The Loei rate is 51.7% in general, and 67.4% for seniors.
The CCSA encourages maintaining the rapid pace of immunization in blue zone provinces that have already met their coverage targets, saying Bangkok and Samut Prakan were evidence that high immunization coverage among groups at risk of severe symptoms of the disease. COVID-19 leads to greater security. for people in the respective areas reducing infections as well as deaths.
Provinces with relatively low vaccination rates include Nong Bua Lamphu, Nakhon Phanom, Mae Hong Son, and Sakon Nakhon. CCSA noted, however, that the focus in these provinces had been on the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. (NNT)