Thailand’s Public Health Ministry announced it would now administer booster shots to citizens three months after they received the 2nd COVID-19 vaccine shot in anticipation of a local spread of the Omicron variant.
“Because Omicron is now widespread, the booster third shot would help lessen the severity of symptoms and reduce the death rate,” said government COVID-19 taskforce spokesperson Dr. Taweesilp Wisanuyothin.
Thailand has already detected eight imported cases of the Omicron variant but has yet to see community transmission.
More than 43 million people or 60% of people in Thailand have already received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine while 4.1 million have received boosters.
On Friday, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum announced a similar decision to cut the interval between primary vaccination and booster shots from six months to three months, amid rising concerns over the Omicron variant.
The UK Health Security Agency said early findings of their study showed that boosters significantly restored protection against mild disease caused by the Omicron variant.
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