In response to Minister Anutin’s ruling, the Ministry of Health has said it will not take legal action to force people to be vaccinated, as the situation is still under control. However, it will consider maintaining strict rules if there is a new outbreak.
Meanwhile, the ministry secretary said he is confident Thailand will reach its target of 100 million shots by December 5.
This secretary, Dr Kiattibhoom Vongrachit said that while authorities want to accelerate the delivery of vaccinations to reach the target by the year, more than 2 million vaccination records have disappeared from the system due to incomplete data.
He added that according to the available data, about 10 million people have not yet been vaccinated, although this information is being verified. He said the ministry is also looking for ways to administer shots to unvaccinated people.
As for the approximately 8,000 opponents(?) of the vaccine, the ministry found that more than 60 per cent changed their mind after being given information about the benefits of getting an injection, although more than 30 per cent still refused.
“So the ministry still has no plans to impose the Communicable Diseases Act to force people to get vaccinated, as there should be no problems once the country has achieved herd immunity. If there is a new outbreak, the ministry may consider taking stricter measures, such as banning unvaccinated people from participating in activities that could pose a risk of spreading the virus,” he said.
“While the number of vaccines administered may have declined, officials are doing their best to meet the goal of delivering 100 million vaccine doses by December 5,” concluded Dr Kiattibhoom.
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