Young kids get 1st shots on Monday

Young kids get 1st shots on Monday

Children receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a vaccination centre at Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok on Saturday. The centre is open daily from 2pm to 4pm for students aged 12-18 years old who want a third vaccine shot. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Children receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a vaccination centre at Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok on Saturday. The centre is open daily from 2pm to 4pm for students aged 12-18 years old who want a third vaccine shot. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

The Ministry of Public Health will give the first round of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine to children aged five to 11 on Monday.

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong of the Department of Disease Control said healthy children should get the vaccine at school if possible.

Most healthy kids should wait between eight to 12 weeks before getting their second dose of Pfizer, he said.

"We are ready to kick off the Covid-19 vaccine for kids on Jan 31 at the the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health. Children suffering from chronic diseases will be our first priority," Dr Opas said, adding Thailand is only the second country after Singapore in Asia to receive Pfizer shots for kids.

According to the ministry, there are 5 million children aged five to 11 years in the country, some of whom live with chronic diseases.

The ministry has ordered 10 million doses of Pfizer's mRNA-based vaccine, with just over a third expected to arrive in the first quarter.

The Royal College of Paediatricians of Thailand said there are fewer side effects among children compared to adults due to the smaller amount of vaccine given.

Vocabulary

  • 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
  • healthy (adj): having good health and not likely to become ill/sick - มีสุขภาพดี
  • kick off: to begin an event; to launch - เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
  • paediatrician: a doctor who has special training in medical care for children - กุมารแพทย์, หมอเด็ก, แพทย์รักษาโรคเด็ก
  • quarter (noun): three months of the year on the official calendar of the government or companies - ไตรมาส
  • side effects (noun): unpleasant effects of a drug that happen in addition to the main effect - ผลข้างเคียง
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