Health authorities said about 50% of Thailand’s population has acquired immunity to COVID-19.
Dr. Chakkarat Pittayawong-anont, director of the epidemiology division of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), said the novel coronavirus has infected nearly 10% of the country’s population. Combined with the number of people who received two doses of the COVID vaccine as well as a booster, it is estimated that around half of the population has developed immunity to the virus.
Dr Chakkarat expressed concern for those who have not yet acquired immunity, especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. He said he feared those vaccinated could have transmitted the virus to vulnerable people after returning home to celebrate the Songkran festival. According to reports, almost 55% of people in these groups have not received any vaccination against COVID.
The director advised people who come into contact with members of vulnerable groups to wear face masks, practice social distancing when eating and encourage their elderly relatives to get vaccinated as soon as possible. (NNT)