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    Pfizer kids’ vaccines and booster shots available in Phuket next week



    Pfizer vaccines are available from Vachira Phuket Hospital next week for kids over 12 years old and anyone seeking a third booster shot. The main government hospital in Phuket is calling on people to register now to receive their Covid-19 vaccines next week.

    The vaccination drive is scheduled to take place at Saphan Hin Vaccination Centre which has been set up in the Indoor Sports Stadium there and will run for 2 days, next Tuesday and Wednesday. The injection appointments will be assigned based on whether the recipient is a child getting their first of 2 vaccines or if they are an adult receiving their booster vaccine.

    Children over the age of 12 can be registered by their parent or guardian to get their first Pfizer vaccine which will be followed later with a second dose of Pfizer (as opposed to schemes that mix brands for a “vaccine cocktail”). They will be able to get their first injection on Tuesday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am or on Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

    Adults can sign up for their booster shot – a third dose after having already received 2 vaccines of Sinovac, Sinopharm, or AstraZeneca. If they have had 2 AstraZeneca injections, they must have finished their vaccination in June or earlier, at least 6 months before now. If their first 2 vaccines were either Sinovac or Sinopharm, they must have finished their injections in August or earlier, at least 4 months before now. There was no mention of the time that must elapse before a booster shot for those who received a vaccine cocktail like 1 Sinovac followed by 1 AstraZeneca shot.

    Booster shots will follow the opposite appointment schedule as vaccines for kids, with appointments being given either on Tuesday from 1 pm to 3 pm or on Wednesday from 9 am to 11 am. To qualify for a third vaccine, recipients must have their vaccine passport or Covid-19 vaccination record card.

    Everyone must present identification before receiving their vaccine – either a passport or a Thai National ID card. Appointments must be made in advance at PhuketMustWin.com

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    NCDC recommends Pfizer for kids 5-11, 4th vaccine for some



    Giving the Pfizer vaccine has been recommended by the National Communicable Disease Committee for children aged 5 to 11 to protect against Covid-19 infections. In the face of the spreading Omicron variant, the NCDC also recommended a fourth booster vaccine for frontline workers, healthcare professionals, and people with certain medical needs.

    The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be effective in fighting the Omicron variant, but only with 3 doses of the vaccine. Similar results have now been announced by the makers of the Moderna vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine, though Sinovac says they are still awaiting a complete data set to determine if a triple dose of their vaccine can stand up against the new strain.

    The NCDC made the endorsements during a meeting with the Department of Disease Control Director-General Control Dr Opas Karnkawinpong. As of now, the Pfizer vaccine is the only Covid-19 protection that the Food and Drug Administration has approved for use on children under the age of 18 in Thailand. It has previously been used for students aged 12 to 18 years old, but this new declaration would open the vaccines up for children as young as 5 to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

    Just over 5 million students were vaccinated with Pfizer in the initial student vaccine drive and the Ministry of Education says they will use the same method where students received their inoculation right on site in their school to roll out the drive for younger children.

    The NCDC also suggested the use of a fourth booster shot for those who are more at risk of catching the Covid-19 virus. People likely to work with infected patients, like frontline personnel and healthcare workers should get a fourth shot, as well as those who suffer from chronic diseases that put them at risk or are immunocompromised.

    The injection of a fourth vaccine would be entirely voluntary and those who choose to get the shot could also opt for a half dose, or an intradermal injection instead of an intramuscular jab, administering the vaccine into the skin instead of deep into the muscle.

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