Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul presided over the launch at Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health in Bangkok, where at-risk children with seven underlying diseases were first in the queue for jabs.
Anutin said the youngsters will receive Pfizer vaccine from a batch of 300,000 doses that have already arrived. Another 300,000 doses per week will be sent to fill Thailand’s order of 10 million Pfizer doses within the next three months, he added.
Anutin said the total shipment should arrive one month ahead of schedule.
Children will receive two Pfizer (Comirnaty) jabs three to 12 weeks apart. The favoured gap between injections is 8-12 weeks, which offers higher immunity and fewer side effects.
Meanwhile, Thailand is currently registering Sinovac vaccine for use in younger children aged over three.
Hospitals have offered parents guidance on the effects of Covid-19 in children as well as the side effects of vaccines:
Covid-19 symptoms in children
Symptoms after receiving Covid-19 vaccines
Symptoms to look out for after vaccination
Like adults, children should sit and monitor their symptoms for 30 minutes after receiving the jab.
What to do before receiving the jab
Sources: Sikarin Hospital, Siriraj Hospital (Mahidol University), King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, The Thai Red Cross Society
Published : January 31, 2022
By : THE NATION