Students in Phuket are being asked to get at least double vaccinated as public health officials are concerned about increasing Covid-19 infections after schools across Thailand opened onsite this week.
The Deputy Director of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office Doctor Mueanprae Boonloam told the Phuket Express, “There are more tourists coming to Phuket as well as more workers from other provinces.”
“Most of the Covid-19 patients in Phuket are working people. However, more children are being infected. Most are found in children who have not received the vaccines. However when schools open onsite, we are afraid that more students will be infected,” Doctor Mueanprae explained.
“If there are high-risk students who are double vaccinated, they can come to study at schools as normal but need more precautions and take an ATK (Rapid Antigen) test (High risk are people such as those exposed to recent positive cases of Covid-19). If any high-risk students are not double vaccinated, however, they need to be quarantined,” Doctor Mueanprae added.
The Phuket Express notes, however, that overall vaccination rates have fallen roughly flat in much of the country due to many people feeling that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was mild.