A total of 1.6 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are being delivered to the Public Health Ministry this week, Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday
“Today the ministry is receiving 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca and the next lot of 1 million doses will arrive on Friday,” he said.
“Once the vaccines arrive, we will distribute them to every province based on population density and other risk factors in each area,” he said.
“The rumour that Buri Ram will be allocated more vaccines than other provinces is not true.”
Buri Ram is one of the major electoral bases of Anutin’s Bhumjaithai Party, with the national election in 2019 seeing the party’s candidates winning all eight constituencies of the northeastern province.
Anutin also said that on Wednesday he visited the vaccination centre at Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station, which has started inoculating people whose jabs had been delayed.
“Today [Wednesday] about 1,000 people came to get inoculated at Bang Sue Grand Station.
They are people who had registered via the Mor Prom platform since the start of June but whose inoculations were postponed until now,” he said.
Auntin said the delay was caused by “miscommunication” with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, but the ministry has cleared up the confusion and now everything should run smoothly.
“Pre-registration is still a prerequisite to get inoculated at Bang Sue Grand Station. No walk-in candidates will be accepted,” the minister made it clear.