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AstraZeneca rollout confirmed for Thursday, with PM first in line

Maya Taylor



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First, there was the unexpected arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine on the same day Thailand took delivery of the Chinese one. Then there was the announcement that PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was too old for China’s Sinovac jab and would get the AstraZeneca one instead. And then there was the delay to the PM’s inoculation, blamed on paperwork that was missing from the AstraZeneca shipment. Now, finally, the rollout of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca jab is scheduled for Thursday and the PM will be first in line.

The Bangkok Post reports that Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has confirmed that quality checks on the 117,000 AstraZeneca doses are nearly complete and the PM will be vaccinated this week.

“(The rollout of) AstraZeneca vaccines in Thailand will take place on March 11 at the earliest, with the PM to be the first to receive the vaccine.”

According to Anutin, a number of senior politicians, including the foreign affairs minister and the acting education minister, have requested the AstraZeneca jab. Those over the age of 60 are being prioritised, while younger people will receive the Chinese vaccine, whose efficacy and safety have not been tested in those over 60.

Meanwhile, the Health Minister adds that China has asked for Thailand’s help in inoculating 200,000 Chinese citizens living in the Kingdom. Beijing has also floated the idea of making Thailand a regional vaccination centre for Chinese people living in the ASEAN region and says it will provide the necessary vaccines for free.

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry has confirmed it will issue vaccination certificates to everyone who receives the required 2 doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. Apisamai Srirangson from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says such certificates have been approved by the World Health Organisation and can be used in the future to obtain a vaccine passport.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Will foreign tourists here be eligible for the vaccine?

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    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Sorry I failed to say foriegn tourists over 60.

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    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Yes, your Baht can get you anything you like

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    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    I will never accept AZ vaccine. My nephew who is a doctor got AZ : He and all his colleagues got high fever and had to stay in bed more than 3 days, after injection.
    Chinese SINOVAC OK
    AZ / Pfizer / Moderna : not OK

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Very unlikely “tourists” will be “eligible” for any vaccine, although the Health Ministry has said it will be available to foreigners “living” here.

    Tourists will obviously be able to buy vaccines once commercially available, but there’s no sign of that being this year.

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    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    So..all the news about the PM got vaccined already was ALL fake again…Amazing Thailand….

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    James R

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 12:34 am


    I had the AZ vaccine in the UK, no side affects at all, same with the rest of the family.

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    James R

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 12:38 am


    “Living there…..”?

    No farang I have ever met lives there, they are allowed temporary one year visas which have to be renewed every year, I have never seen a farang with permanent recency as yet.

    Oh and the visit to to cop shop every few months, Thais don’t have to do that so you are not actually resident are you?

    I am resident in very country in the world as I can get a visa to go there?

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    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Sure, you Russian/Chinese troll. Go ahead and jab your arse with the Sinocrack.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    That’s exactly why I put “living” in ” “, James R.

    Previously the official translations of Health Ministry statements have always only been “resident”, which would mean only those with residence permits.

    The recent statement, though, was for those “living” here which very probably includes those “working” here and those “staying” here (eg with current work permits and extensions of stay) but probably not those “visiting” (tourists).

    Since Thais aren’t even eligible to register yet and so far vaccination is by invitation only it’s all speculation, but I’d guess that sooner or later AZ and J&J will be available commercially then those wanting to buy will be able to do so solving the problem (for foreigners).

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    Khao Lak

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    sorry, but that’s nonsense!

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