So long, Bang Sue Grand Station. And last day for vaccines there, too.

Photo: Bang Sue Central Vaccination Center
Photo: Bang Sue Central Vaccination Center

Today marked the final day for COVID vaccines at Bangkok’s central rail station – and its former name.

At 3pm on Friday, the Bang Sue Vaccination Center pricked its last shoulder after 15 months of free vaccinations at the Bang Sue Grand Station. And if you have trouble finding the place in the future, that is because its name was officially changed to the Krungthep Apiwat Grand Station.

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So what if you still need a jab? You’re still in luck, sort of. The vaccination center announced that free injections will be available Saturday at the Institute of Dermatology in Victory Monument, and again on Oct. 8 and 29. Anyone 5 and up can walk-in, including foreigners.

Other provinces will continue to provide vaccines at select hospitals according to their respective health agencies. 

But back to Bang Sue and the sunsetting of endless puerile jokes. Rather than be named for its location – Bang Sue means “community of the faithful” – Api means great/wonderful and wat means prosperity. So, great prosperity.

The transport ministry hopes that the massive temple to rail transit will see up to 624,000 people-trips per day by 2032.

The Bang Sue Central Vaccination Center opened for service in June 2021 and, at its peak, saw more than 10,000 to 30,000 daily visitors.

Last week, COVID-19 was no longer classified as a “dangerous contagious/communicable disease” in Thailand due to the declining number of cases and deaths nationwide. Starting tomorrow, the public health ministry will reclassify it as a  “communicable disease under surveillance.”

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