People apply for inter-provincial travel permits in Khao Saming district of Trat on Thursday, to comply with travel restrictions imposed in Covid-19 maximum control "red" zones, including the eastern province. (Photo: Jakkrit Waewklaihong)
The government has set three phases of Covid-19 vaccination for citizens, with the first phase to cover 1 million people from February to April.
Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, the chief of the Disease Control Department, said the first phase would involve 2 million doses.
The 2-million-dose vaccination was set from February to April. It would be for 80,000 medical personnel and health volunteers, 20,000 disease control workers, 900,000 people aged 60 and over, and people with chronic diseases.
The first recipients would be in Samut Sakhon province, greater Bangkok and the eastern provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, which had high levels of infection and are maximum control zones, he said.
The second phase would involve 26 million doses to be given to people in vulnerable groups nationwide in May and June.
The third phase, set for later this year to early next year, would involve vaccinating enough of the general population to develop herd immunity and stop the spread of Covid-19 at community level.
Each person would need two doses, four weeks apart. It would take 1-2 months for the vaccine to have full effect, Dr Opas said.
chronic (adj): (of a disease, pain or problem) serious and lasting for a long time - เป็นประจำ
dose : an amount of drug that has been measured so that you can take it - ปริมาณยาที่ให้ต่อครั้ง
herd : a large group of animals of the same type that live and move about together - ฝูงสัตว์
immunity : protected from a disease naturally by the body - ภูมิคุ้มกันโรค, ภูมิต้านทานโรค
nationwide : throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
personnel : the people who are employed in a company, organization or one of the armed forces - บุคลากร, เจ้าหน้าที่, พนักงาน
phase : a particular period of time during the development of something - ตอน, ขั้นตอน, ช่วง, ระยะ
recipients : people who receive something - ผู้รับ
vaccination (noun): giving someone a vaccine, usually by injection to prevent them from getting a disease - การฉีดวัคซีน
vulnerable : easily damaged or harmed - ซึ่งถูกทำลายได้ง่าย
zone : an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed - พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต