The Thai Red Cross Society and its network partners provide the proactive COVID–19 vaccination rollout for displaced persons at the Ban Mae La Temporary Shelter, Mae La Sub district, Tha Song Yang District, Tak Province. It has mobilized its resources to assist in the effort to reduce death rates and minimize the severity of illness as well as helping to build the immunity of the community.
Recently, Lt. Gen. Amnat Barlee, M.D., Director of the Relief and Community Health Bureau (RCHB), the Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS) visited the proactive vaccination against COVID-19 for displaced persons who had not been vaccinated before, joined with Mrs. Wanruedee Kitcharoenrungroj, the President of Tak Provincial Red Cross Chapter, Mr. Kanpong Phiphatmontrikul, Senior Permanent Secretary of Tha Song Yang District and Head of the Ban Mae La Temporary Shelter, Public health officers in Tak Province, representatives from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and related agencies participate in the implementation of this vaccination service project.
The vaccination rollout against COVID-19 is part of a humanitarian operation to help alleviate suffering for fellow human beings who are in a vulnerable situation. It is essential that all sectors coordinate to assist people living in Thailand, including Thais, migrants, and various ethnic groups, especially vulnerable people at risk of severe illness or death if infected with COVID-19 and those who have difficulty accessing health services.
The Thai Red Cross Society, in conjunction with RCHB, has implemented a program to provide Sino Pharm COVID-19 vaccines for free to members of the public. In keeping with the humanitarian principles of The Red Cross, all people living in Thailand are eligible for this program regardless of race, creed or religion to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 also to reduce severe illness and death. This project is the cooperation between TRCS, Government agencies, private sectors, and various international humanitarian organizations.
It has been implemented 8,619 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 3 provinces which are
- Ban Tham Hin Temporary Shelter, Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi Province,
- Ban Mai Nai Soi Temporary Shelter, Mueang District, Mae Hong Son Province
- Ban Mae La Temporary Shelter, Tha Song Yang District, Tak Province.
Regarding the proactive COVID-19 vaccination for displaced persons at the Ban Mae La Temporary Shelter, the service scheduled for the first dose on 8th – 10th February 2022 for 677 persons.
The project is under the cooperation between the Thai Red Cross Society, Ministry of Interior, Tak province, Tha Song Yang Hospital and IRC which supported by IFRC, ICRC, Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) and provided the internet network signals from Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS) and True Corporation Public Company Limited (True Move H) under the supervision of the Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) Number 31 Lampang (District Office of NBTC 31 Lampang).
The second dose is scheduled for March 2022.
This will be the first coordinated response to a public health crisis of this magnitude that will make use of current service systems such as face and iris recognition technology to collect, analyze, and track data. This system has been developed by NECTEC and iRespond, which is connected with the Ministry of Public Health’s “Moh Prom” application, to register to receive the vaccination for those who do not have Thai citizenship and evidence in civil registration. The procedure is temporarily setting a personal ID for the vaccinated persons, starting with 1 alphabet, followed by a 13-digit number so, in the future, the Thai Red Cross Society could provide additional vaccines or receive more donations, it will be able to expand the service coverage to more groups of people in various areas across the country.