Many schools in Thailand hit by COVID-19 clusters after reopening


The Nation/Asia Information Network

BANGKOK — New Covid-19 clusters have emerged in a number of schools across the country after the Ministry of Education allowed them to reopen.

The best way for children to learn is to go to school,” Education Minister Treenuch Thienthong said.

However, the emergence of the highly transmissible variant of Omicron has triggered clusters of Covid-19 in schools in Nan, Phetchabun, Ratchaburi, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Si Sa Ket, Roi Et, Phetchaburi, Prachinburi, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Nong Khai, Yasothon and Loei.

The Mayor of Nan has already announced the temporary closure of four schools – Samakee Wittayakhan School (Ban Phranet), Jumpi Wanidaporn (Ban Phumin), Darun Wittaya (Ban Suan Tan) and Suriyapong Camp Children Development Center between January 21-28 . Covid-19 infections is likely to increase.

Meanwhile, Ban Rahul School in Phetchabun has been turned into a field hospital after 36 pupils and a teacher tested positive for Covid-19. Those who tested negative were ordered to attend online classes.

Precisely 311 teachers and students at Dhammajarinee Wittaya School, a girls’ school in Ratchaburi, tested positive for Covid-19 after the virus spread in dormitories.

Many schools across the country hit by Covid-19 clusters

The Nation/Asia Information Network

Separately, expert virologist Dr Yong Poovorawan said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that children should get the Covid-19 vaccine, especially those with other illnesses, as they are at risk of developing severe symptoms.

He said children should receive mRNA (Pfizer) and/or inactivated (Sinovac and Sinopharm) vaccines.

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pfizer for children aged five and older.

“We believe that the Thai FDA will also approve inactivated vaccines for children once China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and countries in the Middle East and Latin America have approved these vaccines for children aged from three years and up,” Yong said.

He said that the interval between two doses for children is 3 to 12 weeks, but this can be adjusted depending on the situation.

Yong added that it’s possible children could be given a cocktail dose and a booster dose, but more studies are needed.

“The interval between the second dose and the booster dose for children who have received two Pfizer shots is six months,” he said.

“In the future, children who received two inactivated shots can receive an mRNA shot one to three months after the second shot, and their immunity against Covid-19 would be high, like adults,” he said. writing.

Yong added that it is up to parents whether or not to allow their children to receive the Covid-19 shots.

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