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Details released on how foreigners can sign up for vaccine

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: Foreigners can register for vaccines in Thailand starting June 7. (via Flickr - Marco Verch)

According to new details from the ministry of Public Health, Thailand will begin vaccine registrations for foreigners and expats on June 7. With growing outbreaks and Covid-19 spreading through workers and the general population, the government is setting their agenda and targets based on Covid-19 risk, regardless of nationalities.

The government had officially set vaccination rollout as a top priority on the national agenda last week and is working to be prepared for full implementation for vaccine registration for everybody by the June 7 deadline. In order to accommodate foreigners as part of the vaccine rollout scheme, the Ministry of Public Health is planning on-site registration at vaccine centres and putting procedures into place for local hospitals where the foreigner may have already received treatment.

Foreigners with a social security number can register at vaccination centres. Those who have previously received any treatment at a hospital can go back to that hospital with their health records and use their passport to register for a vaccine appointment. Failing either of those scenarios, the Ministry of Public Health is determining specific hospitals designated to be vaccine registration hubs for foreigners.

The Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that plans have been scrapped for any mobile app or online registration for foreigners, as the data on foreigners living in Thailand is scattered between many agencies. No centralized database exists to use for a mobile app to verify people for a vaccine appointment.

“The issue with pre-registrated appointments on applications is verification of data spread across multiple agencies. CCSA resolved that for foreign nationals, it would be “on-site registration”. Specific agencies have been assigned, and a modality set, for each group”

In Bangkok, Bangrak Health Centre and Vimut Hospital have been designated as locations for foreigners to sign up for a vaccine. Also, any vaccinations centre that is being run or overseen by the Council of University Presidents of Thailand will be hosting foreigners for on-site registration.

Outside of Bangkok, the Ministry of Public Health has designated specific hospitals in each province for foreigners to sign up for a vaccine appointment. If you already have health records at a hospital, it is advised you contact them and ask if they can sign you up or refer you to where you can register for vaccinations.

Vaccination for different groups of foreigners

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

SOURCE: Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

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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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