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Almost 100,000 Sinovac doses delivered to Phuket for second round of jabs

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Phuket is receiving almost 100,000 Covid-19 Sinovac doses to administer second vaccine rounds to those who received their first jabs earlier this month. 99,480 doses were delivered yesterday at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town. 30,000 doses will be delivered to Thalang Hospital, 20,000 to Patong Hospital and 10,000 to Chalong Hospital. Vachira hospital’s director posted last night detailing the vaccines’ distribution, noting that Vachira will keep the rest in store.

The vaccine doses will help continue the mass-vaccination campaign which will continue until April 30. About 90,000 people and 9,000 medical and public health personnel are scheduled to receive their 2nd vaccine doses. 480 military, police, and frontline personnel are also on the list.

The Phuket Provincial Health Office has made a goal of inoculating 8,000-9,000 people per day, but many have criticised that number as being unachievable. Chalermpong says SMS services will be used to notify those of vaccine appointments.

The Phuket News reports that people who have already had their first injection but who have not received an SMS confirming the second vaccination appointment can check at the “Phuket Must Win” website. Chalermpong says if you cannot find your name, then you can visit the vaccination station and present your certificate to staff after 3pm each day.

Other provincial authorities joined in giving their advice with the PPHO chief reminding that even if you are vaccinated, you could still be infected, but the symptoms won’t be very bad. The Vice Governor also chimed in saying if you want the first injection, they are open for registration today. But if you want to be vaccinated in May you must have an appointment as authorities are trying to reduce congestion.

Meanwhile, Phuket’s plans to reopen by July to vaccinated tourists may be stalled due to the 3rd wave of Covid and a slower rollout of vaccine administration than previously planned. New restrictions from entering the province have also been announced. Currently, you’ll need either a certificate of proof that you’ve had both doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccine, a Covid-19-free certificate, not older than 72 hours, or you’ll have to do a Rapid Covid Test at a cost of 300 baht at the airport.

This situation will apply until at least the end of April. The downside of coming to Phuket at this time will be risking a positive Rapid Covid Test, if you don’t have the other paperwork, and ending up in a field hospital.

If you’re arriving in Phuket by road, through the Thachatchai road checkpoint at the top of the island, only travellers from the red zone provinces will be affected by the new restrictions. If you’re from an orange zone you’ll be able to enter without the paperwork, for now anyway.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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    Gosport

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Great. 50000 fully vaccinated.

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    I have worked it out that is would take 125 people to vaccinate 9000 in 12 hours at 10 minutes a vaccination..
    Add breaks – 14 hours.
    In ten days they will have vaccinated 90000 people.
    Double the person vaccinating and this will go down to 5 days.
    But it appears by the figures above, they are using only 60000 vaccines, and keeping the rest back. They cannot therefore vaccinate 90.000 persons
    The director at Vatchiri hospital is keeping 29480 back in store.
    Sniff. Sniff. I smell a rat.
    Are the 29480 vaccines kept back to sell, or passed to private hospitals to sell?
    Of course my suspicions could be completely unfounded, and there could be an valid honest reason for keeping the vaccines back.
    Small Simon, spring to the keyboard and explain why vaccines that save lives are being kept back.
    If you can . . .

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    Simon Small

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Hmmm …

    Looks as if they’ve decided to apply common sense, give second doses to those who’ve had the first, then go back to square one with a national vaccination programme as and when vaccines are available.

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Meantime, 29480 are not vaccinated . . .
    Because they are holding them back????

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    Yana

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:23 am

    555 common sense ???? Here in Thailand???
    Sure ….

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    “Meantime, 29480 are not vaccinated . . .
    Because they are holding them back????”

    Your maths is flawed, @toby andrews, as are your conclusions.

    First, 99,480 less 60,000 is 39,480 not 29,480.

    The 39,480 doses are not being “held back” but are being stored as the five vaccine distribution points only have short term storage facilities while Vachira has the required long term storage facilities.

    They’re being stored at Vachira because of the “90,000 people and 9,000 medical and public health personnel” and “480 military, police, and frontline personnel” who “are scheduled to receive their 2nd vaccine doses” some of those 99,480 have already had both doses (vaccinations started on 1 March) while others have either not yet or only recently had their first.

    Second doses for those who have not yet or only recently had their first will obviously not be given by 30 April because of the required gap between doses, so they need to be kept in storage until due, which will be in up to 4 weeks time, possibly later, for some.

    Clear enough?

    Evidently the plan to vaccinate 70% of the population / around 400,000 by June has been quietly postponed indefinitely, along with the sandbox opening, as the additional vaccines that would have been required are being sent to other provinces where they are now needed instead.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Yes John/Simon my maths are flawed, which makes this scandal even worse!
    39480 are being held back, and it is not because they need special storage. Sinovac can be stored in a standard refrigerator at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.
    They do not need long term special storage.
    In addition they had the first of this Sinovac delivered to Phuket on April the 5th.
    By the 10th, about 73.000 had had their first dose, however some had been vaccinated earlier.
    So now they should be having their second dose, but cannot because Vachira hospital is keeping 39480 back.
    However the figures published might be wrong, so I will wait, and when I see the first report of vaccines being sold on Phuket, I will say: “THERE, there! What did I tell you?”
    At that point I shall expect a grovelling apology from you Small Simon.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    It’s not just your maths that are flawed, @toby andrews.

    I’ve tried to explain it to you in simple terms.

    No vaccines are being “held back”. They’re being stored at Vachira because the five distribution centres can’t store that many vaccines safely and some will need to be stored for up to a month or more. It’s not just about shoving a little box of 30,000 vials in your fridge next to the salad, binning the lettuce if there’s a power failure.

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    Dean Millard

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Either way it’s all too slow.

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    Paul

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:18 am

    The whole covid thing has no basis at all. PCR test at 4 cycles will make cases until the cows come home. Zinc, C, Magnesium, D3 and a herb called Artemisia Annua will be what most people are missing. The stress factor is a major.

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Thailand plans to include 3 million foreigners in mass vaccination programme

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The Thai government says it is planning on including 3 million foreigners in its mass Covid-19 vaccination programme in an effort to protect the entire population. Opas Kankawinpong, the head of the disease control department, has confirmed the news, saying that anyone can get the vaccine if they want it.

“Anybody living in Thailand, whether they be Thai or foreign, if they want they vaccine, they can get it. No one is safe until everyone is safe.”

But expatriates have been voicing their concerns in the past few weeks, about, what they say, is a lack of public information, confusion over private vaccines, and problems registering. The mass immunisation programme hasn’t started yet, but the government is sticking to its previous announcement that major tourism areas will open in July to vaccinated travellers. The plan was contingent upon 70% of local residents being vaccinated in order to achieve a herd immunity to the virus. But 50 million Thais and 3 million foreign residents would need to be inoculated over the next few months.

Anxiety over the massive amount of people who have yet to receive even their first dose is growing, as the country deals with its largest outbreak of Covid since the pandemic began. Reports of only frontline workers as having received the vaccines from the stock of 2.5 Sinovac vaccines, have made critics say the government’s slow vaccine rollout is not helping the latest wave.

Meanwhile, another 1 million Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine doses from China have arrived in Thailand while another batch of 500,000 doses will arrive next week. The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation formally accepted the delivery at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport this morning.

More than 2/3 of deaths in Thailand from the virus have been recorded just in the past month alone. But new, daily infections have been hovering around the 2,000 mark since the middle of April. The Public Health Ministry says it is working on other ways to communicate with foreigners about getting the jabs. Mobile applications or being contacted directly by hospitals are a couple of ideas on the table.

Today, Thailand reported 1,911 new Covid-19 infections and 18 deaths.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Order of 1 million Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine doses arrive in Thailand

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Another 1 million Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine doses from China have arrived in Thailand while another batch of 500,000 doses will arrive next week. The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation formally accepted the delivery at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport this morning.

Altogether, 3.5 million doses of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, known as Coronavac, have arrived in Thailand to be used to vaccinate people ages 18 to 60. People need to receive 2 doses for the vaccine to be effective.

The Thai Cabinet received approved a budget of 321.6 million baht to purchase 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine. The next order will arrive on May 14.

The vaccine doses were delivered in temperature-controlled containers which kept the vaccines at a temperature of around 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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160 infected in Bangkok’s Bang Kae Covid-19 cluster

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PHOTO: Bang Kae is the latest Bangkok district to see a Covid-19 cluster spreading. (via Wikimedia)

An outbreak of about 160 new Covid-19 infections was identified today in Bangkok’s Bang Kae district, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. 1,413 people were tested by health workers in a Bang Kae department store on three dates – April 28, April 30, and May 1 – after 9 Cambodian employees in the store were confirmed to have Coronavirus infections on April 28. After testing the group, 4.8% of those tested returned positive results, a total of 68 Covid-19 infections.

In neighbouring Ban Khing, a community of about 1000 people, more and more residents are testing positive for Covid-19. On April 28 there were 30 infections identified, and on April 30 another 24 Covid-19 infections were diagnosed. 4 employees of the Route 7 buses were confirmed positive for the Coronavirus on May 2, with 70 more staff members waiting for test results. 25 more cases were identified on May 3. Testing yielded 4.3% infection rates on May 3 and an alarming 7.6% rate on April 30.

Bang Kae, along with Klong Toey and Pathumwan, was identified as urgent Bangkok locations with Covid-19 clusters spreading quickly according to the CCSA. Mass testing is underway to quickly isolate anybody with Covid-19, with locations being maintained by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

Bang Kae currently ranks 10th out of Bangkok’s 50 districts, with 241 Covid-19 infections since April 1, but this new spread is worrisome. In the last month, an infection rate of just under 4% was found in Bangkok, with 1,677 infections found in 42,251 tests. This prompted the CCSA to issue a reminder urging people to be vigilant with 2-metre social distancing, and always wear a mask in public to try to slow the rate of infection and spread of Covid-19.

TOP 10 DISTRICTS IN BANGKOK WITH THE MOST INFECTIONS
RANK BANGKOK DISTRICT # OF INFECTIONS
1 Huai Khwang 463
2 Din Daeng 426
3 Bang Khen 357
4 Watthana 330
5 Chatuchak 356
6 Lat Phrao 325
7 Wang Thonglang 300
8 Suan Luang 290
9 Bang Kapi 282
10 Bang Kae 241

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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