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Thai PM puts a halts to walk-in vaccine registrations

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Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is putting a halt on walk-in services for vaccines, causing worry among foreigners as to when they will be able to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. The news has confused those who were following the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s announcements that stated foreign residents will be able to take part in the government’s mass vaccination program. But as no details have been released on what foreigners would be considered as residents, nor how they would sign up, expats are questioning the murky plans.

The CCSA’s English-language spokesman, who is also the deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, mentioned before that foreigners may be able to join a proposed “walk-in” vaccination scheme, but now the PM has shot that down until further notice.

He said he was worried about large numbers of people flooding the walk-in registration, opening up to chaos and the further spreading of the virus. He did say that some provinces and areas may be able to conduct walk-in jabs, but not in Bangkok, as infections are soaring. Despite mentioning the possibility of other areas carrying out walk-in vaccination programs, the PM says the CCSA will have to approve of it at a later date.

The CCSA said some foreigners have managed to sign up for jabs on the Thai language vaccine mobile app, Mor Prom, but those foreigners had social security cards or pink cards. But the CCSA has since said the app is only for Thai nationals. Although there has been a recent announcement of the CCSA developing a website for foreigners to sign up for the Covid vaccines, no timeline or date has been given as to when the website will be available.

With no date set for foreigners to sign up through the new website, many foreigners have indicated that they would be willing to register for the jabs at private hospitals. But as private hospitals haven’t given an exact date on when they will receive vaccines, foreigners are continually being left in the dark. According to the Bangkok Post, an unidentified source detailed the PM’s wishes.

“The prime minister wants everyone involved to stop talking about vaccination walk-ins until clear measures are finalised. People will be upset and complain if they walk in but cannot get shots.”

PM Prayut is also warning relative agencies to not release confusing information about the walk-in vaccinations as he says people should only listen to the CCSA for information.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post/The Pattaya News

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15 Comments

  1. Yes. No. Maybe. Later. Yes. No. No. Yes. Later. Much later. Yes. Now. No. Later. No idea.

    Is anyone tracking how often the government spokespeople change position on farangs getting a vaccine in this country?

    My head is spinning…but in Thailand, that’s normal.

  2. “Yes, no, maybe Minister. Jabs fully on, jabs off, partying off, food on, café on, café off, Phuket opening but also in lockdown, no jabs at border, jabs at the border, multitude of vaccines, no vaccines, free but expensive private vaccines at public hospitals now closed for popularity. Offline apps going online sooner than later, airport open and airport closed. Sandpit was opening and now fully closed but definitely soft-opening soonish – just to be clear Minister, its a definite maybe”. It’s like a Monte Python Sketch.

  3. This has nothing to with foreigners. This is for everyone in the country. I am not worried. We will have an app soon to registerso please stop creating drama with these stories. If the government stop the vaccinations it’s because too many false media reports and way too much drama and speculation

  4. With all the reports of side effects and ineffectiveness against stronger strains, foreigners might be glad they didn’t get the jab in the end.

    Thanks Thaiger – but no need to push so hard on all our behalves.
    Some of us are quite happy to wait it out.

  5. “further chaos and spreading of the virus!” ERRRRRR? Chan o cha I THINK THAT WAS “YOUR” doing by being stupid enough to allow Songkran to go ahead, knowing full well people would “party”, Or, are you that naive to think the population of cities like Bangkok would remain indoors and do what ‘you’ tell them to do??
    As for vaccination that’s ok. I’m healthy and not really fussed if it happens or not. certainly don’t want your prescribed cheapo Chinese shyte.. or the “home grown” Siam Bioscience. This is why your country is falling apart at present because of your dawdling and corruption over “which vaccine shall we try to save money on and how large the back-handers will be!”
    THE WHOLE THING IS A COMPLETE SHAMBLES AND YOU SHOULD HOLD YOUR HEAD IN SHAME!

  6. The keystone cop government should just bring in 6 million doses of a real vaccine like pfizer or moderna and allow us to pay for our own vaccination. We don’t need ineffective cheap vaccines paid for from taxes

  7. And tomorrow another change and more BS from this useless corrupt clueless government. Has they maybe run out of vaccine already, maybe the latest batch of the CCP vaccine was of so poor quality that they had to trash it. Anyway this whole situation is nothing more then a complete cluster fakk of incompetence and is just getting worse day by day. And still no private hospital can tell you when you can get vaccinated for pay.

  8. the basic problem is that the dictator’s government is unable to provide sufficient vaccines, to this is added that Chinese vaccines are not effective in reducing the transmission of the virus, against the more recent variants they are even unable to prevent serious effects The expatriate problem was predictable in light of the latent racism towards the farangs, they are borne only for their money.

  9. In terms of viruses, variants are always less harmful so those commenting the opposite should do some more research and be aware of the misinformation touted by Western Media.
    All vaccines are experimental until 2023 when the earliest can be approved.
    Side effects and deaths cases caused by all the covid 19 vaccines are increasing according to government website data from other countries.

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