Thailand’s Ministry of Transport says that large numbers of the elderly in Bangkok have been using the walk-in vaccination service at Bang Sue Grand Station, leading to a shortage of wheelchairs.
Deputy permanent secretary for Transport Sorapong Paitoonphong said people over 75 have been turning up, en masse, each morning for their COVID-19 vaccinations, and the station’s 200 wheelchairs are insufficient.
He said the station is seeking extra wheelchairs from other agencies, apologized for any inconvenience and recommended afternoon visits instead, as this is a relatively quiet period with fewer people turning up to receive their injections.
Mr. Sorapong said the Bang Sue Grand Station facility has been performing over 20,000 inoculations a day, of whom 4,000 are for senior citizens. The elderly have been granted special dispensation to use the service, without prior appointment, from June 30 to July 18 between 9.30am and 6pm.