NHSO to roll out free flu shots from next month
The National Health Security Office (NHSO) will provide free flu shots to seven groups of Thai citizens with health risks from May 1 until the end of August.
NHSO secretary-general Dr Jadej Thammatacharee said the seasonal flu vaccines will be provided to 4.2 million people with health risks who are enrolled in any healthcare scheme.
The seven groups are women who are at least four months pregnant; children aged between six months and two years; people with chronic diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary, heart disease, asthma or kidney failure; people aged 65 and over; people with thalassemia or an immunodeficiency disease; people weighing more than 100 kilogrammes or with a body mass index of 35kg per square metre or higher; and those with cerebral palsy requiring full-time assistance.
He said all seven groups will receive an SMS and they can get the vaccine at healthcare service units near their homes without making appointments except for those living in Bangkok, who are required to book via the Pao Tang e-wallet app.