Pfizer jabs 'for workers'

The Public Health Ministry said no less than 500,000 doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine donated by the United States will be given to health workers, insisting no VIPs will be allowed to bypass the system to acquire the jabs.

Pfizer jabs 'for workers'

The Public Health Ministry said no less than 500,000 doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine donated by the United States will be given to health workers, insisting no VIPs will be allowed to bypass the system to acquire the jabs.

The ministry on Sunday dismissed rumours which claimed that only 200,000 doses out of the 1.5 million Pfizer jabs donated by the US will be distributed to frontline medical workers.

While most of Thailand's estimated 700,000 frontline health workers have received two Covid-19 jabs by Sinovac, many aren't confident in the vaccine's efficacy against the Delta variant .

A cardiologist with Chiang Mai University's Faculty of Medicine questioned the allocation of the vaccine.

On Facebook, Rungsrit Kanjanavanit claimed to have learned during a meeting that the government is planning to allocate only 200,000 out of the 1.5 million doses donated by the United States for frontline medical staff.

Dr Rungsrit said the government initially promised to give 700,000 doses to healthcare workers; but the quota was later lowered to 500,000, before it was ultimately dropped to 200,000.

"If the 300,000 missing doses [of the Pfizer vaccine] end up being given to VIPs and their relatives , I wouldn't be OK with that," Dr Rungsrit said.

The Public Health Ministry dismissed the claim.

The doses will arrive later this month, and booster shots for medical staff will begin in early August.