Cabinet approves procurement of 12 million more Sinovac shots

Cabinet approves procurement of 12 million more Sinovac shots

A health worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine shot to a woman at Central Plaza Westgate Hall on Tuesday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
A health worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine shot to a woman at Central Plaza Westgate Hall on Tuesday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The cabinet has approved 4.25 billion baht to procure 12 million more Sinovac vaccine doses to support the mix-and-match vaccination plan.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said on Tuesday the cabinet approved a budget of 4.25 billion baht to purchase another 12 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine.to build up immunity in people in four target groups.

The four groups comprise people with underlying cases of severe respiratory disease, heart and arterial disease, chronic kidney disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity; people aged 60 years old and more; officials whose duties involve Covid-19 control, such as officials at disease control checkpoints and quarantine facilities, soldiers, police and garbage collectors; and the general public.

Mr Thanakorn said the purchase of the additional 12 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine was in line with the vaccine procurement plan. The vaccine could be delivered in September and October, and it would also support the mix-and-match vaccination plan, he said.

The mixed-dose vaccination uses the Sinovac vaccine as the first jab and AstraZeneca as the second.


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