Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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




Photo via Facebook/เทศบาลนครเกาะสมุย

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


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.



  1. Avatar


    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

  2. Avatar

    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 . . .

  3. Avatar

    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.

  4. Avatar


    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.

  5. Avatar


    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.

  6. Avatar


    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?

  7. Avatar


    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:21 pm

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

  8. Avatar

    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.

  9. Avatar


    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 2:54 pm

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Travel19 mins ago

Top 5 Diving Schools in Koh Samui

Lifestyle31 mins ago

Best Places for Golf in Koh Samui

Crime54 mins ago

Child pornography group run by Suphan Buri couple busted

Sponsored1 day ago

Tour Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok restrictions extended, record high infections | August 5

Thailand2 hours ago

Drugs found inside monk’s pillow at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thailand3 hours ago

Fairy Sweet Village in Pattaya catches on fire, again

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: 20,920 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand4 hours ago

Phuket’s BigGym allegedly closes 2 branches for good, doesn’t reimburse members

Travel5 hours ago

Phuket’s 5 most stunning villas for rent

News6 hours ago

USA tentatively plans to require all foreign visitors to be vaccinated

Thailand6 hours ago

Bangkok closure order extended until August 31

Best of7 hours ago

Ayutthaya’s 5 most amazing hotels

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Nonthaburi field hospital adds an ICU

Coronavirus Vaccines7 hours ago

Older volunteers wanted for trials of Chulalongkorn University mRNA vaccine

Crime7 hours ago

Officers surprise drug suspect with birthday cake in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8