The Department of Disease Control repeats free vaccinations when COVID-19 becomes an infectious disease that must be monitored

3 October 2022- Dr. Thares Krasanaiyarawiwong Director General of the Department of Disease Control said that the situation of COVID-19 is defined as an infectious disease that must be monitored in Thailand. There is a tendency for the number of patients and deaths as a result of covids to decrease. It was found that more than half of the deaths had not been vaccinated. Emphasize that children bring the elderly to receive vaccines to prevent death and increase family safety

Dr Thares said that since October 1, Covid-19 has been an infectious disease that must be monitored in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act 2015, which requires weekly reports of the disease. via the Department of Disease Control website The report began on October 3, 2022, which was the first week of reporting on the number of cases and deaths. Between 25 September and 1 October 2022 is the 39th week of epidemiological surveillance. The total number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients was 4,435 (an average of 634 cases per day), and the number of deaths last week was 65 (an average of 9 per day). Of these, 54 were elderly, which is 83%; and died in the last week More than half were unvaccinated, 36 (55%) and 15 did not receive a booster injection (23%), so the elderly who did not meet the vaccination criteria were unsafe. Can get infected and die Remind the children to bring the elderly at home to be vaccinated at the government hospitals or provincial vaccination center and if the patient is at home or in bed be able to inform Volunteers or public health officials to be vaccinated at home free of charge

Dr Thares continued that during the last weekend, it was noticed that people were returning to their normal lives. But the majority still wear masks in crowded public places. No cases have been reported and However, the number of cases has not increased abnormally The Ministry of Public Health recommends guidelines for the prevention of COVID which balance with people’s lifestyles during the period of the communicable disease which’ they must be monitored. If anyone has symptoms of a respiratory infection, they must wear a mask and undergo an ATK test. Wear a mask when entering crowded places. or areas that are not ventilated, such as hospitals, care facilities for the elderly/young children, etc., as well as public transport that is crowded with passengers such as trains and buses.

The Director General of the Department of Disease Control said that what must be emphasized to everyone is During the relaxation period, various measures There is still an important measure to vaccinate the remaining 1.9 million high risk groups, the the elderly, which is the population most at risk at the moment. Because they have never had a single dose of vaccine and are often in poor health, so if they are infected, there is a higher chance of death than other groups. Including the need to speed up vaccination, drive needles to different risk groups. to cover as much as possible By emphasizing social measures that are balanced with a new way of life. Wear a mask in high-risk places, wash your hands, keep your distance, and manage hazardous environments with good ventilation. and promote effective medical measures Repeat ATK tests when there are symptoms. and rapid treatment with effective drugs

In this regard, people are encouraged to be aware of protecting themselves and those close to the elderly family at all times. because covid has not disappeared from Thailand And the elderly are not safe if they are not fully vaccinated as recommended by the Ministry of Public Health. For more information, contact the Department of Disease Control helpline on 1422 and you can track the situation on the Department of Disease Control website. https://ddc.moph.go.th/covid19-dashboard/dashboard_week.html

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