Bang Sue station offering lower dose of Covid vaccines for boosters

The director of the Institute of Dermatology said low-dose vaccines were offered at the vaccination center at Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok. Dr Mingkwan Wichaidit says people can opt for a lower dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given intradermally. She says administering half a dose under the skin has been shown to be very effective and causes fewer side effects, according to studies here and abroad. However, there is a small chance that some people experience skin irritation for a few days.

According to a Bangkok Post report, Mingkwan oversees the Bang Sue Vaccination Center, which is now offering fourth doses to people who have pre-booked online. The vaccines used are AstraZeneca and Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine.

In related news, Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control says that once the Food and Drug Administration approves the Sinovac vaccine for use in children between the ages of 3 and 17, inoculation can begin. Thailand has a stockpile of 1.5 million doses of Sinovac. Opas says the vaccine has a shelf life of 6 months and the current supply has not expired, nor does he think the government will need to buy more for children.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said no serious side effects were reported in children aged 5 to 11, who received a Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, except for a handful mild allergic reactions.

THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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