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25,000 people injected with Covid-19 vaccine this week in Koh Samui

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This week, 25,000 people in Koh Samui have been injected with the Covid-19 vaccine. The island plans to vaccinate 70% of its population by July to reach ‘herd immunity’ and reopen the tourist destination to vaccinated travellers, following the Phuket ‘sandbox’ model.

The vaccines were offered to the general public, including expats, at Rajabhat University, Bangkok Hospital Samui, Central Festival and Koh Samui Hospital. Yesterday was the last day for this round of injections, according to a post on the Koh Samui district Facebook page.

Reports from late last month say 50,000 doses were allocated to Koh Samui and a recent report from Pattaya News says another 50,000 doses would be distributed this week, vaccinating another 25,000 people on the island.

One expat, an English teacher on the island, says he waited 12 hours to get a vaccine at Rajabhat. He says luckily his school registered him and set him up with a queue ticket. But things were hectic, the queue numbers were called out in a random order and little to no information was given in English, he says.

The Tourism Association of Koh Samui plans to open up the island to foreign visitors in July, if everything goes to plan. Ideas for promotions are still up in the air, but the latest plan called “Samui Silk” would welcome vaccinated tourists who undergo a 7 day quarantine, the president of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui said, according to Pattaya News.

“Both tourists and locals can be reassured that the reopening is safe under the Samui Silk route. The plan will allow foreign tourists to arrive in Koh Samui and to perform state quarantine for 7 days.

If the tourists are proved negative, then they are allowed to leave the local alternative state quarantine and to travel at designated locations in Samui while locals can be reassured that all tourists are disease-free.”

สมุยครบแล้ว 25,000 คน
ฉีดวัคซีนโควิด 19 รอบที่ 2

7 เมษายน 2564 เวลา 17.00 น. ณ โรงพยาบาลเกาะสมุย อำเภอเกาะสมุย…

Posted by เทศบาลนครเกาะสมุย on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

SOURCES: Koh Samui City Government | Pattaya News

 

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    Ziggy

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    OMG! Why is there still a 7 day quarantine for vaccinated tourists in July? Which tourists would do that if there are better quarantine free countries? It is already a 7 day quarantine for vaccinated tourists starting April 2021. It’s a rip off strategy again by Koh Samui or Phuket

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    A good effort but the population of Koh Samui is 60.000, so must try harder . . .

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    David Mann

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I can understand or shall I say understood the idea of quarantine for all arrivals when Thailand had Zero Covid infections. Now there are hundreds (read thousands) of local people across nearly all provinces infected, then what’s the point of quarantine? It still makes sense for countries that have variants so far undetected in Thailand. But there’s no benefit quarantining tourists if it’s already out in the community. Normal rules such as bar closures, social distancing, mask wearing and washing of hands is as effective for a tourist as it is a local.

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Come July 1 why would any tourist willing quarantine for 7 days on Kho Samui when they can go to Phuket and not quarantine at all. Even if your preference is Samui, any sane person would still spend the first 7 in Phuket.

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    Baroness

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Quarantine for vaccinated people means vaccine efficiency is unreliable and for some of them totally useless. PCR tests are not reliable as well. Too many false positive and false negative.
    How many times have we flown 12 to 15 hours inside an aircraft with sneezing and coughing people during a flu pandemic. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. Same on cruise ships, people have become sick due to poor sanitation or spoiled food. Nothing will fix this problem.

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    GeorgeA

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 3:14 am

    They say it will be 1-3 years before Thailand reaches 70% herd immunity. Do they really think they can keep these restrictions up that long and not totally collapse the economy?

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    stapoz

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    So now 0.4% of thai citizens has been vaccinated. What a rush.

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    Mr J.

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 12:51 am

    7 day quarantine for vaccinated tourists?…..In that case, why not let unvaccinated tourists in with a recent negative test and still do the 7 day quarantine??….exactly the same….after 7 seven days, and no symptoms….can go about their business of holiday…..Clueless.

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    Wilko

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    I understand there has been a case of Covid on Samui on 11/04/2021.

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