Thailand to try alternative COVID-19 vaccination method to stretch supplies - (Yahoo!News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • In a bid to stretch vaccine supplies, doctors in Thailand have been given the okay to start giving COVID-19 booster shots under the skin, rather than injecting them into muscles, as reported in Yahoo!News.

  • Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the method, which doctors began exploring last month, could be used at the discretion of medical professionals, providing it was supported by evidence.

  • Chalermpong Sukonthaphon, director of the Vachira Hospital in Phuket, said his hospital had been given the green light to use the technique from Friday, as trials had showed it triggered a similar immune response to the regular method.

  • "One vaccine dose can be used for five intradermal injections," Chalermpong said.

  • Thailand has turned to unconventional approaches due to problems in supplies, despite manufacturing the AstraZeneca vaccine locally.

  • Authorities there have also decided to administer separate shots of Sinovac's vaccine followed by that of AstraZeneca, a technique yet to be adopted elsewhere.

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