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Confirmed, expats in Phuket will receive Covid-19 vaccines

Neill Fronde


 on - Thailand is rolling out its vaccination scheme.

(Links to registration forms below)

Officials confirmed yesterday that expats in Phuket will be included and receive Covid-19 vaccines as part of the Thai government’s vaccination scheme. The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee enacts all Coronavirus policy locally, and an important member, Dr Chalermpong of Vachira Phuket Hospital, announced today that foreigners will also receive the Covid vaccines. A new online form launched today and Phuket’s Vice Governor advised that initial appointments will be made online only and requested people without online access to be patient and not walk into hospitals.

Phuket will receive the Sinovac vaccines this month, and AstraZeneca doses as well, suitable for those over 60 years of age, in June. The first 100,000 doses are earmarked for registered residents and people from other provinces that work in tourism, but the following batch will be open to other industries as well as foreigners. Chalermpong confirmed that eligibility for inoculation will be wide.

“All people on the island who are older than 18 years old but younger than 60 years old are eligible to be vaccinated, including people registered as living in Phuket, those who are from other provinces, and foreigners.”

Aiming for a 70% vaccination rate and focusing first on tourism workers and registered residents, the Vice Governor is calling for the cooperation of people, especially across the tourism industry. All businesses – hotels, tour or activities operators, even department stores – are requested to register their staff to receive priority jabs in order to expedite the process.

About 20,000 workers from 700 businesses have registered so far. The registration is available online, along with a separate site for local residents to register, which went live last Tuesday morning. People who registered previously through the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office’s Google Form do not need to re-register.

The PPPHO form to apply for vaccination HERE.

The form to register as a local resident HERE.

The form to register as a business HERE.

NOTE: All these forms are in Thai only currently (get a friend to help).

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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    Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:45 am

    “Aiming for a 70% vaccination rate”


    That would require an 85% vaccination rate, as 17% of the population are under 18. If only 70% of adults are vaccinated that is only 58% of the population.

    “… AstraZeneca doses as well, suitable for those over 60 years of age, in June.”

    As 15% of the population are over 60 (plus expats) that makes it IMPOSSIBLE to give those over 60 both doses by 1 July.

    Take out those under 18 (17%) and those over 60 (15%), who CANNOT be vaccinated by 1 July, and a “70% vaccination rate” would only include 47% of the population.

    INCREASE THE TAKE UP / “VACCINATION RATE” TO AN UNLIKELY 100% AND YOU STILL DON’T REACH 70% OF THE POPULATION – and that’s without the flood of unvaccinated bar girls / bar boys and freelencers arriving in Phuket if tourist numbers grow.

    I’m glad I’m nowhere near Anthrax Island.

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    Charles Pulaski

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:56 am

    I tried to register, but I’m kicked out of the system for not having a Thai ID card. So, so far this registration system is useless for local foreign residents.
    (April 1, 1155 registration time attempt)

    • Thaiger


      Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      We’ve sent your issues to our IT section and will respond asap.

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    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    IJ, I tend to agree with most of what you say, I can’t see a happy ending for this experiment, new cases WILL go up, and what then? a panic lock down and loss of trust by the locals?

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    Ludwig Dreher

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    use your pink card.

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    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    The CDC in the US just published the findings of a study looking at contamination risk after being vaccinated. And it’s rather good news. It turns out to be 90% after two injections and 80% after just one. This is the first official report of it’s kind.

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    They aren’t issuing new pink cards, these days.

    According to the local Amphur they are changing systems and still trying to handle the registration of all those Myanmar illegal workers.

    If you don’t have one yet, it’s advisable to get a Yellow House Book…the paperwork to do so is incredible, but then you are “registered” and will be able to get the vaccine.

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    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Ray, there was also earlier studies out of the UK and Israel. Both showed similar high levels of immunity against catching the virus after two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna.

    “Aiming” – hahaha that’s a good one.

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    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Well the foreign registration form for “people aged 60 years and over” gives an earliest birth year of 1961 on the dropdown menu. No foreigners here over 60 then, job done.

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    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Any news on when private hospitals will allow expats not over 60 to get the Sinovac vaccine? Our family needs it to be able to get a visa and move.

    • Thaiger


      Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 10:42 am

      I would contact your private hospitals. I know some have sent out information sheets about this issue. It is likely to be a ‘lumpy’ situation where there is little co-ordination.

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    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 5:28 am

    Ij. Please don’t come to phuket. We don’t want you here anyway.

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    Richard Cramp

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Can you please edit this article: I live and work in Phuket and can confirm that it is a strict procedure of Thais first, foreigners second, even if you have a work permit and if you are a taxpayer.

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    I am glad for Phuket, but what about the rest of Thailand? When will the vaccine be rolled out?

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    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:26 am

    @Thaiger – as of today april 24 the system still does not work without a Thai ID as reported previously on this comment.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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