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Phuket sets questionable goal of vaccinating 50,000 in 7 days



Phuket is hoping to inoculate 50,000 people within 7 days of the vaccine’s delivery to the island. The governor of the island, Narong Woonciew is asking for residents to register for the vaccine to get the ball rolling as soon as possible to help make the island ready for a possible July reopening.

“We will certainly receive 100,000 doses of vaccines in April, and we plan to administer injections to 50,000 people within seven days. The 50,000 people will be mainly those who work in the tourism industry. At this stage, 15,000 people have registered to be vaccinated. However, the vaccine will also be provided to officers and people from other industries who want to be vaccinated.”

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration approved the Andaman island to receive vaccinated foreign tourists from July 1 under the ‘Phuket Tourism Sandbox’ plan. But only on a condition that 70% of the island’s residents are vaccinated for the virus.

“We all have to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity as well as to boost confidence among foreign tourists wanting to travel to Phuket. So, I want everyone to register for vaccination as fast as possible, in order to show our intention to the central government. Show them that we all will be vaccinated before July 1 in order to recover Phuket’s economy as soon as possible.”

But explaining how the island will vaccinate so many people in so little time has been met with numbers that don’t add up. Officials say 9 vaccination centres will be set up across the island, but that means each centre would have to vaccinate 100 people an hour, for 8 hours, to achieve the goal within 7 days.

But major hospitals like Vachira Phuket Hospital say they are only open from 9am to 4pm as per their online registration form. The day the vaccines will arrive has also not been confirmed as Governor Narong, according to The Phuket News, has repeatedly said “next month” in reference to any actual date that the vaccines would arrive.

To muddy up the process more, it is not clear if expats and retirees would be included in the inoculations as the definition of “foreigners” is unclear. When visiting the online form to register,the language is only in Thai and it states the applicants can only be Thai nationals, and only a government ID is currently being accepted on the website.

So far, there is no news when, or it, foreigners will be included in the mass inoculations, but achieving a 70% herd immunity by July may require some foreigners to receive the vaccination.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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  1. Jason

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    It’s good to set a high goal! They may not achieve it…time will tell….but it if you don’t have a goal, then nothing will happen. This is the first real step. One of many…

  2. LondonAl

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Well said Jason, some rare positivity on this forum, 50,000 in a week is easily achievable if you have the supply, the people to administer it, and the people who want it, I must confess I’ve got to the point whereby if people refuse the jab then they have to accept the potential consequences, the rest of the world shouldn’t come to a standstill because of them.

  3. Darius

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    What documents are necessary to have in order to enter Phuket starting July 1st? (COE, Fit to Fly, etc.) Or is it just confirmation of being vaccinated and a negative PCR test?
    Thank you.

  4. toby andrews

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Thailand can have the supply, the infrastructure, but if they have peasant clowns paid to run the show, they will fail 50.000 a week inoculations.
    So far they have never achieved 50.000 a month inoculations – they never will.
    If I am wrong post it . . .

  5. Remo

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    It is ridiculous.

    Other countries vaccinate hundreds of thousends of people everyday.

  6. James R

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    The confusion was the word ‘days’ was meant to be the word ‘months’.

  7. Issan John

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 12:17 am

    … and now I see yet another report here says “Meanwhile, the Phuket Tourist Association reports vaccination is increasing to 10,000 to 12,000 injections a day,”

    So … ummm … no, I give up ?

  8. Dr Paul

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 3:59 am

    On a bad day in uk 200000 to300000 vaccination on good day 500000 or more why because we have vaccine Thailand dose not have any military fight wars not govern country that’s the problem

  9. funny coz its true

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 6:49 am

    Love the optimism on this comments section, but this is just more wishey thinking by incompetent army boys and unqualified officials. Would love it to have some basis in reality but that’s not their MO

  10. Issan John

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 10:23 am

    “It is ridiculous.

    Other countries vaccinate hundreds of thousends of people everyday.”

    I’m not sure what your experience of Thailand is, but Phuket isn’t a “country”. ? ? ?

  11. Paula

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Why don’t we all give them a chance? Why so negativity and people in doubt if they can do this.

  12. harry1

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    from what l learnt, the chinese sino vaccine roll out is only for thai, but not many locals have taken up the offer of this vaccine ? expat and others will have to book a vaccine at a local private hospital.l dont see the target of vaccinating phuket by july 1st or indeed thailand by 1st october being achieved,with only 317000 doses in the country most have gone to government agencies

  13. Issan John

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    “If I am wrong post it . . .”

    You’re wrong.

    The problem with “50,000 inoculations a week” isn’t “supply” or “infrastructure” or “peasant clowns”, it’s simply safety restrictions.

    As well as a brief on the vaccine, those vaccinated have to be monitored for 30 minutes afterwards.

    With 9 vaccination stations vaccinating 50,000 people for 8 hours a day for 7 days that’s 100 an hour, as the Thaiger reported. That’s one per station every 36 seconds, with 50 monitored at each station afterwards for 30 minutes.

    If you still haven’t got it, that’s 10% of the population every week.

    Despite Remo’s comment that “Other countries vaccinate hundreds of thousends of people everyday”, I don’t know of anywhere that has vaccinated 10% of its population in a week.

    If everything’s in place (vaccines, staff, logistics, clients, “army boys” and “peasant clowns”) I’m sure they can … whether all will be, though, is yet to be seen.

  14. James R

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Issan John

    You have no vaccinations supply to speak of, you will not get any for a long time, stop being blindly pro Thailand and anti west for a change.

    The Thai dictatorship do not hand out the truth to its people especially farangs who are second class citizens there.

    I will take the piss in six months time when you have forgotten what you have said re the vaccine roll out in Thailand while you are all sitting there waiting for the post man to arrive with you allocation.

    Just make it easy on yourself, we have plenty of supply here in the UK, two of them with your name on it.

  15. toby andrews

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:12 am

    No, using peasant clowns is what is preventing Thailand inoculating 50.000 inoculations a week
    The evidence is overwhelming.
    Ever seen a Thai read a map? They are incapable, as they are inoculating 50.000 a month.
    Tragic, but true.
    Alas . . .

  16. Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:14 am

    “You have no vaccinations supply to speak of, you will not get any for a long time, stop being blindly pro Thailand and anti west for a change.”

    “I” don’t have any vaccines at all, but Thailand has more than enough to vaccinate the 50,000 in a week this article is about – and to vaccinate sufficient in Phuket although I doubt that’s going to happen as planned for the reasons I’ve spelt out elsewhere.

    If you think I’m being “blindly pro Thailand” in ANY comments I’ve made about the “sandbox” plans and the vaccine rollout in general and in Phuket in particular you must be either reading someone else’s comments or out of your tiny mind.

    “… in six months time when you have forgotten what you have said re the vaccine roll out in Thailand …”

    I doubt I’ll have forgotten – after all, I’ve said plenty!

    “Just make it easy on yourself, we have plenty of supply here in the UK, two of them with your name on it.”

    Since there hasn’t been a case within an hour’s drive or so of me here, and apart from mask wearing none of it’s affected us at all, I’m not that worried about vaccines, with or without my name on them – I’d be a lot more likely to catch Covid in a few hours in arrivals in the UK or at the Royal Free in Hampstead now than I would here over the past year! ?

  17. James R

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 3:34 pm


    How would you know if there have been any cases within a few miles of you?

    There are no tests going on there with every death, I do not know of any cases in the area where I live too as the information is not given out to Tom, Dick and Harry.

    Do you think they are going to run to you and give you a list of all the cases in your area, are you the local bean counter?

    Just wild assumptions and speculation on you part as usual, no facts.

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