Suara.com – In order to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 case, Thailand has asked its citizens to take a booster vaccine, aka the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Thailand’s Ministry of Health said Covid-19 cases more than doubled during the holiday period, due to the Omicron variant.
So far, the Southeast Asian country has recorded 2,062 cases of Omicron, health official Supakit Sirilak said at a press conference. That figure is up from 740 cases before the holiday.
Health authorities have warned of the risk of a spike in cases post-holiday when people travel and gather at restaurants.
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A total of 1,105 Omicron cases were from foreign nationals (foreigners) and the rest were from their contacts, he said.
Thailand has administered two doses of the vaccine to 64.1 percent of its roughly 72 million population, according to government data. Meanwhile, officials said only 9.8 percent of the population had received the booster vaccine.
“Please get the booster vaccine at your nearest hospital,” Opas said, adding that anyone who had received the second dose before November could have a booster shot.
“The fourth dose will be given to medical workers, front-line workers and risk groups at least three months after the third dose,” he said.
Worried by the spread of Omicron, Thailand last month temporarily suspended the “Test & Go” travel scheme, which allowed foreign nationals who received the vaccine to escape quarantine. According to an official, people who have been enrolled in the scheme must arrive in Thailand before January 10.
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To date, there have been 2.2 million cases and 21,750 deaths of COVID-19 in the country.
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