The Department of Public Health has advised schools to follow Covid-19 prevention guidelines for on-site classes and said they will not issue school closure orders unless it is there is a risk of Covid clusters.
According to the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health, Dr Sarawut Boonsuk, Thailand has vaccinated 4.5 million children aged 12 to 18, or 88.4% of the approximately 5 million young people in this group. age. About 4.09 million children, or 79.6% of this age group, had received the second dose. Meanwhile, children aged 5 to 11 will receive their vaccinations from the end of January.
Regarding Covid-19 cases in schools, the deputy chief executive said the number of infections among children aged 13 to 19 increased more than children of other ages from January 1 2022. From November 2021 to January 18, 2022, one patient under the age of 18 died from Covid-19, indicating a low mortality rate among children.
The deputy chief executive said the ministry has issued guidelines for schools to follow in the event of a covid infection. If one or two confirmed cases were found in a classroom, the ministry ordered the school to close the classroom for three days to conduct a thorough cleaning. If cases are discovered in more than one class, the school must close the rooms for the whole class for three days in order to clean the rooms. He added that no closure orders would be issued for this school until there is a risk that the infections may constitute a new cluster of covid, which will be reviewed by the Provincial Communicable Diseases Committee.
Dr Sarawut recommended that schools temporarily halt group activities and allow students in high-risk groups to take lessons online. He asked families to provide a safe environment for their children by cleaning the house often, firmly adhering to prevention measures when they need to go out, and for unvaccinated children and adults to receive vaccines provided by the Ministry of Public Health. (NNT)