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Over 4 million people vaccinated in lead-up to June 7 campaign

PHOTO: Thailand is finally getting vaccinated, with 4 million jabs given before tomorrow's mass push. (via Pixabay)

But not all have yet had both doses of their vaccines.

As Thailand ramps up to finally get its mass vaccination campaign underway, over 4 million people have been at least partially vaccinated so far. The most recent data reports that 4,142,994 people have received at least one vaccine in Thailand.

Our World in Data statistics last updated 2 days ago reports a total of 3.61 million doses administered and 1.1 million people fully vaccinated, meaning that in the last 48 hours more than half a million people received jabs. Stats from the end of May also report 1.1 million fully vaccinated people, but just shy of 2.5 million vaccines administered total, indicating that Thailand has given 1.1 million jabs in the past week.

The 4.1 million vaccines put Thailand 43rd in the world for vaccination, just ahead of Singapore and just behind Peru. Globally 2.09 billion people have been vaccinated, with Asia accounting for 1.17 billion of those. The US has the most vaccinations with 299 million, followed by India’s 223 million. For the curious, Vanuatu is the tiny nation with the least vaccines of the countries with reported data, having given only 270 jabs.

In Thailand, reports show that 90,917 people were given their first vaccine yesterday. Additionally, nearly as manly people are fully vaccinated, completing their 2-jab vaccination yesterday, with 90,438 being administered their second shot.

The climbing numbers are a promising and welcome sign that vaccines are finally available and being administered in a country once admired for its early Covid-19 handling, but now often criticised for its slow and ever-changing vaccination rollout. Over the last few days, 1.8 million AstraZeneca vaccines were delivered, the first batch of jabs produced locally by Siam Bioscience. Sinovac is set to deliver 1.5 million more vaccines in the next few days as well.

But provinces such as Lampang and Loei have seen setbacks, with vaccine shortages delaying their appointments to get vaccinated. Loei’s governor announced that the province is scheduled to receive just 600 vaccines a week in the Thai government’s rationing plans.

The official mass vaccination drive is scheduled to begin tomorrow, with 3.3 million jabs distributed to Thailand’s 77 provinces. Priority is being given to the provinces most affected by Covid-19 outbreaks now, as well as economically and touristically vital provinces like Phuket, which is one step closer to a guaranteed July 1 reopening.

Foreigners have often been the subject of an on-again-off-again rollercoaster of whether or not they will be given access to vaccines, whether they will be free or paid, and whether they will have to wait until after Thais are vaccinated. Now the good news looks like they will be able to get vaccinated alongside Thais from tomorrow.

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Neill Fronde

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.


  1. 4 million vaccinated not enough when population of Thailand is nearly 70 million that would take at least by next year to vaccinate the population, by that time many more people die every day. Most of European countries ara nearly vaccinated already.

  2. “Sinovac is set to deliver 1.5 million more vaccines” – Chinese vaccines are starting to rack up a considerable list of countries where they are having problems. The UAE, Bahrain, Seychelles, Chile and Uruguay all are having large numbers of people who are months past their second shot still lacking antibodies. The Chinese have told those countries just to give those people a third booster shot, and they would be happy to sell them more doses to do so. The UAE and Bahrain have decided to offer those people a shot or Pfizer instead.

  3. Your misleading headline reminds me of the quote attributed to Mark Twain: “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Partially vaccinated and vaccinated are not the same thing.

  4. @Neriku – thailand has about 50 to 60 milion citicens above 16 years of age. 60 × 2 shots = 120 not 200. So where is your 200 milion comming from? Actually Thailand only needs 75% to be fully vaccinated so thats even less. Not more then 100 milion doses.

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