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Phuket struggles towards herd immunity, vaccine rollout slow in other provinces

Tanutam Thawan



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So far, 22% of the population in Phuket is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 while the majority of provinces in Thailand have not vaccinated any of the residents, according to data compiled by researcher Peter Scully.

Bangkok, the epicentre of recent infections with more than 15,000 confirmed cases since April 1, has only fully vaccinated 1% of the population. Around 10 million people live in Bangkok. Surrounding areas Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, and Nonthaburi, which have all been hit hard by the recent outbreak, have each only fully vaccinated 1% of their populations.

Despite the recent wave of coronavirus infections, which has made up more than half of Thailand’s cumulative count of confirmed cases and virus-related deaths, the Thai government says they are still moving forward with plans to reopen Phuket to vaccinated tourists by July 1.

The island province has been rolling out a mass vaccination campaign in an effort to administer the 2-dose vaccine to 70% of the population by the end of June to reach herd immunity and reopen to foreign tourists. Tourism officials also plan to reopen Krabi, Phang Nga, Koh Samui, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai.

It’s unclear exactly how many vaccines have been administered on the island of Koh Samui where health officials are rolling out a mass vaccination campaign. Some expats who work as English teachers on the island say they have received the vaccine. According to Peter’s data, 2% of the population in Surat Thani, which includes Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan, have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Province Population fully vaccinated
Bangkok 1%
Nonthaburi 1%
Phang Nga 1%
Phuket 22%
Ranong 1%
Rayong 1%
Samut Prakan 1%
Samut Sakhon 7%
Surat Thani 2%
Tak 3%

*Data compiled by Peter Scully

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:11 am

    So do I need a visa (entry permit) for July first visit to Phuket? Normally, I dont need visa. I am from Texas.

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Led to believe that if vaccinated with AZ in Thailand a person would be immune to catching CV19. However, if similarly vaccinated in UK, the jab,lessens severity of symptoms, but does not provide immunity. Which is it?

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      Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:18 am

      I’m guessing that they are not vaccinating any foreigners so they can have a comparison and say “look, all the dirty unclean farang are dying but the strong Thai people are immune” or something xenophopojc like that. Thai peope

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:31 am

    So 22% is nearing GERD immunity. Don’t talk rubbish. Headlines like that are misleading and downright nonsense.

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Seems like the government fully intends to open Phuket on July 1 no matter what. Not sure it’s a good idea but governments sometimes do things that don’t make much sense.

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:32 am

    That’s Herd immunity

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Yes and we all move closer to Christmas.

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Why are the vaccines given to Phuketians instead of people in other provinces where the infections are skyrocketing? e.g. Klong Toei? It is more critical to save lives and control the infection rates than making the tourist dollars$$$$. Thai government is just plain greedy and stupid. The mess has been created by them and “whatever will be, will be”… coming back to bite them.

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    Colin G

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:54 am

    @Steve – why are you asking here ? There is no-one who has knows anything other than what they read, probably misinterpreted or simply ignored.
    Do the sensible thing and contact your local Thai Embassy, do what they tell you, then be prepared to do several additional things as the instructions will change week-by-week, day-by-day.

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    Anthony Anna

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    @Steve – I’d check with the Texas embassy in Thailand first, to be on the safe side…

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1:58 pm


    Look up ‘struggle’ in the dictionary. With a name like yours I’m surprised you don’t already know its meaning.

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    22% of the Phuket population has been vaccinated? They really are serious about gaining herd immunity (70% or more, according to the medical profession globally). It’s clear Phuket is definately the priority. BUt Phuket would really need to be sealed off to arrivals from mainland Thailand and only direct flights into Phuket International Airport from low risk countries (fully vaccinated arrivals) for it to work.

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    @Anthony Anna – Thanks. Unfortunately, our republic is represented in the Kindom of Thailand by the United States Government. Will ask these damn Yankees. 🙂

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    Monday, May 10, 2021 at 12:59 am

    The Thunberg effect is totally ignored at your peril Thailand. There is a clear and present movement growing, in the west at least, that the efforts of climate activists such as Greta Thunberg are having on peoples future travel plans that surveys show that many possible tourists now question the future of long distance air travel because, for one, it is incumbent that all governments will have to include air travel pollution in their attempts at climate control and to accommodate current and future Paris type climate change agreements. This makes mass tourism as we have known it to literally be a thing of the past!

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