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By Linda Khoo Hui Li
BANGKOK, March 6 -- A total of 17,697 individuals, comprising frontliners and high-risk groups, in 13 provinces in Thailand have received the first dose of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine between Feb 28 and Thursday (March 4).
Thailand’s Public Health Ministry said that among those who received the jabs included 15,981 medical and health workers (90.3 per cent) and 1,603 at-risk officials (nine per cent).
“A total of 270, or 1.5 per cent, of those who received the first dose of the Sinovac vaccine have experienced side effects like pain on the inoculated area, nausea and dizziness.
“Thus far, none of the vaccine recipients developed severe symptoms,” it said.
On Feb 28, Thailand began its COVID-19 vaccination drive with Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul among the first in the queue to receive the Sinovac vaccine.
Thailand received its first batch of 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine and 117,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Feb 24.
The AstraZeneca vaccine still needs to undergo the Quality Assurance process, which is expected to be completed next week.
Meanwhile, Thailand recorded 64 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths over the last 24 hours, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 26,305 cases and 85 fatalities.