Hundreds of Thai health care workers infected irrespective of Sinovac vaccinations

A health and fitness employee receives the Sinovac coronavirus sickness (COVID-19) vaccine at the Samut Sakhon healthcare facility in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Image

BANGKOK, July 11 (Reuters) – Thailand’s health and fitness ministry explained on Sunday more than 600 professional medical workers who gained two doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine (SVA.O) have been infected with COVID-19, as authorities weigh giving booster doses to raise immunity.

Of the 677,348 professional medical personnel who gained two doses of Sinovac, 618 became infected, wellness ministry knowledge from April to July confirmed. A nurse has died and another healthcare employee is in important situation.

An specialist panel has advisable a third dose to trigger immunity for healthcare employees who are at possibility, senior health and fitness official Sopon Iamsirithawon, told a information briefing on Sunday.

“This will be a unique vaccine, both viral vector AstraZeneca or an mRNA vaccine, which Thailand will be getting in the around term,” he claimed, incorporating that the suggestion will be viewed as on Monday.

The announcement will come as the Southeast Asian nation documented a report substantial of 9,418 community infections on Sunday. On Saturday authorities documented a document of 91 new daily coronavirus fatalities.

Thailand has claimed a complete of 336,371 verified bacterial infections and 2,711 fatalities due to the fact the pandemic started last year.

The vast majority of Thailand’s clinical and frontline personnel were presented Sinovac’s shots after February with the viral vector vaccine from AstraZeneca (AZN.L) arriving in June.

Thailand is anticipating a donation of 1.5 million Pfizer-BioNTech (PFE.N), (22UAy.DE) vaccines from the United States afterwards this month and has requested 20 million doses that will be sent right after Oct.

Neighbouring Indonesia, which has also seriously relied on Sinovac, stated on Friday it would give the Moderna vaccine (MRNA.O) as boosters to professional medical personnel. examine much more

Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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