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Buriram authorities impose harsh penalties against those at high risk of Covid19 who refuse vaccination


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The Buriram Communicable Diseases Committee yesterday, May 14, ordered a major new restriction, stating that those who are in a risk group for Covid-19 infections and refuse to receive Covid-19 vaccinations, will face strict legal charges with a large fine and possible imprisonment.

The Provincial Diseases Commission has re-issued the decision of the Communicable Diseases Commission in Buriram with some significant changes. All Buriram residents over the age of 18 are now required to perform a Covid-19 self-assessment by the provincial authorities to individually calculate the risk of Covid-19 infection. It’s unclear, your news bear notes, whether this includes foreign residents.

If the communicable disease control officer determines that a person is at risk or at risk of contracting an infectious disease, the officer has the authority to order the person to have a vaccination against Covid-19 on the exact date, time and place. appointed by the officer to prevent the domestic spread of the disease.

If a person refuses to carry out the assessment, he will be subject to imprisonment of up to one month or a fine of up to ten thousand baht of a penalty under section 51 of the Communicable Diseases Act BE 2558.

If persons at risk or at risk of contracting an infectious disease refuse the vaccination, they will be subject to a fine of no more than ten thousand baht of a penalty under Section 51 of the Communicable Diseases Act BE 2558.

They may also face imprisonment of up to two years and/or a fine of up to forty thousand baht under Article 18 of the Emergency Public Administration Decree BE 2548.

The warrant did not specifically clarify what a high-risk group is or what standards are used to classify it. This order essentially makes the province the first in Thailand to mandate vaccines for certain at-risk groups. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul later stated that the governor had the authority to issue this specific order, citing the Emergency Decree and Communicable Diseases Act.


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