Jab orders on track for transfer

Jab orders on track for transfer

An employee shows the Moderna vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York on Dece 21, 2020. (Reuters photo)
An employee shows the Moderna vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York on Dece 21, 2020. (Reuters photo)

All of the 8.6 million doses of the Moderna vaccine ordered by private hospitals and other agencies nationwide will be delivered by the end of the first quarter of next year, Private Hospital Association (PHA) president Chalerm Harnpanich said on Tuesday.

Hospitals and agencies which have purchased Moderna jabs will receive their orders in two phases, and in the first phase of deliveries, they will receive 10% of their order, Dr Chalerm said.

On Monday, 560,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived, 77% of which will be delivered to private hospitals, while the rest were handed over to government agencies. The jabs, which arrived on a Lufthansa flight, were received by the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO). They will be inspected by the Department of Medical Sciences before they are handed over.

Out of the 8.6 million mRNA vaccines from Moderna that the GPO had ordered, 1.9 million will be delivered by the end of the year. The rest will be delivered by the end of the first quarter of next year.

The Thai Red Cross Society placed the biggest order, with one million doses due to be delivered to the organisation, Dr Chalerm said.

Dr Chalerm said that hospitals under the PHA will prioritise those who have booked and paid for the vaccine, though individuals who are interested in getting a booster shot should contact their nearest hospital to make an appointment.

He said those who have made a booking are free to reschedule their appointment and/or nominate someone else to take their place.

The GPO has said that vaccine recipients are covered against deaths and/or serious complications.

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