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Thailand’s health minister worries bars and restaurants serving booze could be Covid19 fires


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Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he was concerned that bars and restaurants serving alcoholic drinks for dining could become hot spots for the spread of the Covid19 virus.

“The companies serving alcoholic beverages to guests must strictly follow the Covid Free Setting measures, as well as other disease control measures announced by the ministry,” he warned.

“The provincial infectious disease commissions must thoroughly inspect these businesses before they are allowed to reopen. Kitchen, wait staff and other personnel must be fully vaccinated against the Covid19 virus, as per the standards required by the Safety & Health Administration [SHA] and SHA Plus standards,” said Anutin.

“In addition, customers should ensure that they are fully vaccinated before entering these sites,” the minister said.

“If all preventive measures are strictly followed, we will soon be able to reopen other businesses.”

Anutin also said less than 10 million people in Thailand have yet to be vaccinated.

“Most of this group live in remote areas while the ministry is preparing to send mobile vaccination units to vaccinate them there as soon as possible,” he said.

“People who have reserved alternative vaccines at private hospitals, but have not yet received a vaccination schedule, can receive inoculation with the government vaccine in the meantime to boost immunity,” Anutin advised.

“We currently have mRNA vaccines in stock, namely Pfizer and Moderna, which have been donated directly to the government. You can inform a nearby hospital or vaccination unit if you want to be vaccinated, while doctors will consider giving booster shots depending on a person’s vaccination history and level of risk,” he added.

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