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Health officials say 1.9 million elderly unvaccinated remain at risk from Covid-19

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Thailand’s Department of Disease Control is calling on all elderly people who are still unvaccinated against Covid-19 to get vaccinated “as soon as possible”. Dr Tares Krassanairawiwong says vaccination is vital to protect against severe illness or death from the virus, despite Covid-19 being downgraded to a “communicable disease under surveillance”.

According to a Nation Thailand report, the DDC boss says vaccines are available free of charge at hospitals and vaccination centres. Elderly people who are unable to leave their homes can ask local health volunteers or public health officials to vaccinate them at home.

Health officials are also urging the elderly population and their close contacts to continue adhering to disease prevention measures, including regular hand-washing, wearing masks, and keeping areas well ventilated.

Tares adds that, despite restrictions being lifted, people should continue to wear masks in crowded areas, to prevent a resurgence in infections. However, since the virus has been downgraded, he says only people with breathing problems should take a rapid antigen test.

More information is available at the DDC’s website or by calling the 1422 hotline.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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