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Can foreigners get vaccines in Thailand? | VIDEO

There is a lot of confusion about the vaccination of foreigners in Thailand. Tim Newton tries to paint the current picture for you. Thailand reaching a 70% level of vaccination, I think is more wishful thinking than anything else. Even in the US it appears very unlikely they will be able to reach the 70% immunisation level. In some states they’re now offering free beers and other inducements to get people to come in for a free vaccine.

In Thailand you can add additional layer of superstitions, religious convictions, local conspiracy theories and just general distrust of the government to the hard rump of anti-vaxxers. Poll after poll shows that there is a chunk of Thais that just won’t get vaccinated… for whatever reason. There is obviously a lot of confusion surrounding foreigners trying to get some clarity about when they can expect to be vaccinated.

There also appears to be a small exodus of foreigners who are just fed up with the vaccination vassilation in Thailand and are heading back to their home countries to source a free vaccine.

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Tim Newton

Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.


  1. Yeah let’s vaccinate the most elderly and vulnerable people first with a vaccine that’s been around 5min and see what happens…. Best of luck to all the people who do decide to get the shot

  2. The USA is looking at getting 60% at best. Over 20% are refusing and ~20-22% are below the age of vaccinating. More than likely we will hit somewhere in the 50-60% range. While this might be considered ok but not great, it is actually worse than you may think. With that many people not getting the vaccine, the virus will continue to float around for a long time which will result in many variations. If one of those variants is able to bypass the current vaccines we will be right back to March 2020 and have to start all over again. It is so very important to get as many people vaccinated as possible.

    1. The fact that they made a vaccine for something with a 99.9% survival rate and are incentivizing the entire population to get it should make all of us ask questions.

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