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    Taxi Drivers Want To Jump The Queue For COVID-19 Vaccines

    Taxi drivers have called on the government to prioritise giving COVID-19 vaccinations to them and other public transport drivers to help build confidence among passengers.


    Witoon Naewpanich, president of the Thai Taxi Network Trade Association which has more than 30,000 members, submitted a letter at Government House yesterday calling for vaccines to be quickly made available to all public transport workers.


    These people would include taxi, bus, van and motorcycle taxi drivers as well as people who work closely with them and should be among the first groups of people to receive COVID-19 vaccines, he said


    That is because drivers were at risk of contracting the virus from passengers and could easily spread it.


    Before COVID-19, there were around 100,000 taxi drivers in the country. Now there are around 40,000, according to Mr Naewpanich.


    The government has already secured 2.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines enough to inoculate 1.05 million people. About 840,000 people have been inoculated, half of which are essential health personnel.


    The prime minister said in a TV pool broadcast last week that the government had set goals to acquire 100 million doses of vaccines to inoculate 50 million people this year.


    Meanwhile, the Department of Health has urged its public health centres to prepare recovery wards for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms to help relieve the burden on hospitals.


    One such ward has been piloted at Public Health Centre 6 Chon Buri where there are 28 beds. Of this number, 25 have been occupied by COVID-19 patients transferred from Chon Buri Hospital.


    The department has instructed all public health centres nationwide to set up such wards, particularly in areas where there are a lot of cases.


    The armed forces have all established field hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients displaying no serious symptoms.


    Nine hospitals with 1,013 beds in total were set up by the army and 376 beds have been occupied.


    The navy has three field hospitals with 726 beds in total and 156 have been occupied.


    The air force has two hospitals and 131 of 240 beds are still available.


    Taxi Drivers Want To Jump The Queue For COVID-19 Vaccines | Chiang Mai One

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    They should be right up there with nurses and the cashier from angelwitch.

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    They haven't a clue. Period..

    All citizens over the age of 80 and those suffering from serious ailments depressing their immune systems should have been first. Then those over 75, then 70 and so forth. Also, those engaged in frontline care of COVID patients.

    But then, we are in Thailand and that meant the first tranche of vaccines have gone to the Elite, the government, senior police, army and their families. And of course given that the economy takes precedence over the vulnerable, we are now seeing the association of employers wanting their workforces immunised together with the tourist investors demanding the entire market they exploit should be immunised viz the islands and Pattaya.

    Truly they are a piece of work.
    Last edited by Seekingasylum; 30-04-2021 at 07:33 PM.

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    They truly are the most.....oh i can't be bothered.
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    front line workers such as bus drivers, teachers, supermarket checkout staff etc. in the uk were also clamouring for preferential treatment, but boris soon shut them up and insisted that the vaccination programme prioritised recipients as follows.

    Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
    • All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
    • All those 75 years of age and over
    • All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
    • All those 65 years of age and over.
    • All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
    • All those 60 years of age and over
    • All those 55 years of age and over
    • All those 50 years of age and over
    this week they are calling for those 40 to 50 to register for the jab.

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    The sheer incompetence of the Thai vaccination programme is in truth a metaphor for why their country is such a total fuck up for millions, a shambolic car accident of governance for the benefit of the few.

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    ^So you'll be moving on to somewhere more to your liking soon then?

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    Taxi drivers here in Canada haven't been afforded any special provisions. I strongly agree that they have a strong argument.

    The current flavour of the month is Racialized Disadvantaged Communities or some damn thing.

    Unbelievable the stupidity that has been revealed during the epidemic.

    Somebody should write a book.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    ^So you'll be moving on to somewhere more to your liking soon then?
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