Frustration mounts at lack of vaccination access

 | Mon 5 Jul 2021 13:59 ICT

Chiang Mai Ram Hospital’s health centre was overflowing today with those attempting to register for the Moderna vaccine.

Only 300 people can register physically, though the number of people attempting to was much more than that number, with queues forming pre dawn.

One woman seen crying in the car park told CityNews that she drove 150 kms from Fang to register for her vaccine, but when she arrived at 4am she was told that all vaccines had been registered for by 1am, in spite of the hospital previously announcing that registration begins at 9am.

She said that she was upset at the lack of communication which ended up costing her not just time, but money, when there was no chance she could register at all.

The same woman begged the government to step up and vaccinate the population, offering more vaccine alternatives and better supply.

“Most of us have hardly any money left,” she said to CityNews, “yet we are willing to pay for our vaccine. Let us pay at least.”

Another woman commented that it was up to the hospital to be better at communications and also to manage the vaccination better, noting that there was no social distancing this morning.

Reports are coming in that any stock that private hospitals have received in the past few days have all run out, with many asking why they weren’t made available for registration, and who were they going to.