A majority of parents in Pattaya want their children to receive Covid -19 vaccines before school opens this November, according to a recent poll by Pattaya City officials.
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Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) expects students 12-18 nationwide to receive a complete set of two doses of Pfizer vaccines prior to the official start of ‘on-site’ learning at schools nationwide by November 15th. It is not, however, going to be mandatory, according to the MOPH. Thailand is also exploring vaccination for younger children, however, it has not yet been approved by the FDA as seen in this article here.
The Pattaya City Deputy Mayor Boonlue Kunlawanit, who is in charge of education for the city, told The Pattaya News, “There are 11 public schools in Pattaya City. We have done a survey recently to see how many parents want their children aged between 12 to 18 years old to receive the vaccine.”
“5,324 parents of students in this age group were surveyed in total. 4,693 parents want their children to receive a Covid-19 vaccine while 631 parents do not want their children to receive the vaccine.”
“We have already requested the Chonburi Public Health Department to provide an adequate amount of vaccines to meet the demand of concerned parents.”
“When we receive the vaccine, we will start the vaccination program for students whose parents have given approval.”
“We are 100 percent ready for the student vaccination campaign. We want to stress, however, it is not going to be mandatory for students to return to school and unvaccinated students will still be welcome. There will be many safety procedures and processes in place to prevent Covid-19 in schools, such as temperature checks, mask-wearing, “bubbles” for learning, social distancing, and other rules.” The deputy mayor concluded.
TPN media notes that we recently ran an informal poll and question about vaccinating children to our community through a reader talkback on our English news. Based on social media comments and emails sent to our editorial team, the reaction from foreign parents was nearly the opposite of Thai parents. The vast majority of foreigners stated they were not comfortable with their children being vaccinated. We note this was not a scientific poll, however.