Covid patients to get coveted jabs

Covid patients to get coveted jabs

The Public Health Ministry will provide shots of AstraZeneca or Pfizer to anyone who has contracted Covid-19 but has had at least one month to recover from the disease, according to Dr Sophon Mekthon, assistant to the public health minister.

The decision was made at a meeting on Tuesday of the subcommittee on Covid-19 management including virologist Yong Poovorawan.

Formerly infected people who have yet to be vaccinated, or who have only received their first dose, will be eligible for shots of AstraZeneca or Pfizer starting one month after they stop showing symptoms of the new coronavirus.

However, those who have been fully vaccinated are not considered to be in need of a booster shot yet. "Everyone should get a third jab as a booster dose eventually, but more studies are required before we provide detailed suggestions," Dr Sophon said.

Third doses of AstraZeneca will be available at the vaccination centre at Bang Sue Grand Station on Nov 1 for recipients of Sinovac, officials said.

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