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



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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  1. Gosport

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Great. 50000 fully vaccinated.

  2. 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 . . .

  3. 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.

  4. toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:18 pm

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

  5. Yana

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:23 am

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Dean Millard

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Either way it’s all too slow.

  10. 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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