Dr. Wantanee Wattana, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), revealed about the situation of patients with COVID-19 who have been hospitalized in the BMA affiliated hospitals and the preparation to intensify measures to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in Bangkok metropolitan area as the Ministry of Public Health had perceived that it is necessary to wait for at least 1 – 2 weeks to see the number of new COVID-19 infections during Songkran festival. At present, the BMA Medical Service Department has prepared medical personnel to take care of patients of all levels of severity of illness. This includes the preparation for the treatment of COVID-19 patients as outpatients in addition to the normal system. It aims to accommodate patients who are unable to enter HI or CI system so that the patients can be diagnosed, receive medication based on their symptoms, and get suggestions for self-isolation and self-care at home.
As for the progress of the BMA proactive COVID-19 vaccination service, the BMA has adjusted its plan to provide COVID-19 vaccination service for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose for people aged 18 years and older both Thai and foreigners of all entitlements and rights on continuation from other vaccination centers. This service plan starts from today until the end of April 2022 on official working days and hours at vaccination service points of all 11 BMA affiliated hospitals. The BMA also opens additional channel for the people to receive COVID-19 vaccine as fast as possible with walk-in service providing AstraZeneca (AZ) and Pfizer (PZ) vaccines at hospital vaccination service points. The service is now available from today until the end of April 2022 on official working days and hours at vaccination service points of all 11 BMA affiliated hospitals.
In terms of rules and conditions, vaccination service is provided for 1. People who have never been vaccinated against COVID-19 aged 18 and older, both Thai and foreigners; 2. People who have had COVID-19 and recovered for more than 3 months; and 3. People who have been vaccinated from other vaccination centers at all channels. Regarding the required documents, Thai citizens must bring ID card and personal pen, and foreigners must bring passport together with pink card or social security card and personal pen.
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