Thai Red Cross Administers COVID-19 Vaccines to Migrant Workers

The Thai Red Cross Society on Tuesday administered COVID-19 vaccines to about 300 migrant workers in Bangkok and Samut Prakan province. 

The agency said it would vaccinate at least 5,000 migrant workers, including undocumented migrants and Afghan refugees. 

“The problem we face is that we don’t know the exact number of migrant workers living in Thailand therefore, it also depends on how many migrant workers we can get vaccinated, which will benefit the Thai people as well,” Tej Bunnag, Thai Red Cross Society Secretary-General said.

Reuters reported that about four to five million migrant workers are in Thailand as estimated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM); only about 2.35 million migrants have permits to work in Thailand, as reflected in the official government data.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that 10,000 doses of the 100,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from the Red Cross Society of China were set aside for migrant workers.

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