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

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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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    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…

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    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.

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    Darius

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Hello
    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.

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    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 . . .

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    Remo

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    It is ridiculous.

    Other countries vaccinate hundreds of thousends of people everyday.

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    James R

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:50 pm

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

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    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 😕

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    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

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    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

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    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”. 😂 😂 😂

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 . . .

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    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! 😂

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    James R

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Issan

    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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Thai government urges people to work from home where possible

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The government is calling on all employers whose staff can work from home to implement such measures immediately, as new Covid-19 infections hit another record high. Yesterday, the Kingdom reported 1,767 new infections and 2 additional deaths, taking the death toll to 101. There are 28 patients on ventilators. According to a Bangkok Post report, Taweesilp Visanuyothin from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says recent data shows growing clusters of infection at work places.

One such cluster has been reported at a school in the central province of Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok. 32 people have tested positive after 2 foreign teachers returned from a trip to Phuket between April 2 and 4, where they frequented a number of nightlife venues. After they returned to Bangkok, they resumed work at the school. supervising exams between April 5 and 8. On April 8, they attended a party in the evening and tested positive for the virus the next day. 23 students have also tested positive, along with 4 of their relatives.

Other clusters include 23 infections at a private firm in Chon Buri and 8 at an electricity authority office in the north-eastern province of Udon Thani. Taweesilp says the rise in infections in work environments indicates the need for people to work from home where possible.

“This is the reason the CCSA is asking for your cooperation to step up work-from-home measures. Companies which have reported cluster infections, if you can allow your employees to work from home, please do so.”

He adds that the Health Ministry is addressing the long waitlist for hospital beds in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The head of the Department of Medical Services, Somsak Akksilp, is acting as coordinator between hospitals and those running field hospitals, such as the Thai army. Covid-19 patients still waiting to be admitted to hospital are urged to comply with disease prevention measures and self-isolate with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control echoes the call for home working measures to be implemented wherever possible following the long Songkran holiday. Tens of thousands of people travelled across the country over the course of the holiday, but Opas says if home working can be implemented and the public cooperates with disease prevention measures, new infections should drop over the next 2 weeks.

“We’re concerned about community transmission in schools and workplaces. The work-from-home policy is important as we expect people to return to work on Monday. Please avoid gatherings, sharing of items and eating together.”

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Bangkok is taking proactive steps to deal with the likely surge of Covid-19 cases after the Songkran holiday, asking those returning to Bangkok to submit their timelines online and self-quarantine 14 days. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang is urging all people entering Bangkok to visit a website where they can perform a self-evaluation to assess their Covid-19 risk.

The website, bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th, allows travellers returning to Bangkok to input their travel timelines and their personal information after scanning a QR code. The system will help with contact tracing, aggregating all the travel information to make following any threads of Covid-19 spread much more efficient. Health officials will be able to access and contact anyone thought to have come in contact with a Covid-19 infected person.

Songkran is usually one of the busiest travel periods of the year with millions of people going on holiday or visiting relatives. The government launches road safety campaigns to combat the swell in traffic and accidents. And even with Covid-19 cancelling most Songkran celebrations, Bangkok still saw nearly 8 million vehicles coming and going this festival period. A swell in Coronavirus infections spread throughout the country is likely as people travelled all over Thailand and back to celebrate the Thai New Year’s holiday.

Governor Aswin explained the platform is hoped to help contain possible outbreaks by providing crucial information to health officials to trace Covid-19 spread. The system will analyze infection risk for each person who registers and give them instructions on how to proceed. People deemed to be at risk will receive a free Covid-19 swab test from Bangkok health officials, while low-risk cases will be instructed to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

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1,767 new Covid infections were reported this morning, the highest ever daily report of new cases in Thailand. The spokesperson for the CCSA also reported that there were also 128 people in serious condition, with 28 people on ventilators.

608,521 people have now received at least their first dose of Covid vaccine.

Bangkok continues to lead the way in the new infections although the clusters are popping up right around the country now. Bangkok reported 347 new infections, Chon Buri with 229, Chiang Mai with 164, Nonthaburi, just north and west of Bangkok, 100, Prachuap Khiri Khan 66 and Samut Prakan 64. Locally, Phuket officials announced an additional 26 cases today, taking the tally in this latest cluster to 156 infections*.

Covid UPDATE: 1,767 new infections for Sunday. Provincial totals. | News by ThaigerOnly 2 cases today were imported, everyone else who tested positive were living in Thailand.

The total number of infections in Thailand has now reached 42,352 people. There has been 2 additional deaths reported in the past 24 hours, taking that total to 101 dead from Covid-related disease. 13,569 people remain in state-monitored care.

Some provinces are adding their own restrictions, including demanding negative Covid tests if you’ve arrived from a red zone – Krabi and Trat have announced this already. The only exceptions are if you’ve had full doses of Covid vaccine or have just come from quarantine. Chiang Rai has announced a ‘request’ that citizens stay at home for the next 14 days.

In Phuket, the closure of entertainment venues has been further extended to the start of May.

Expect more provinces to make similar announcements in the next few days.

If you are travelling, or planning to travel, it would be recommended to pre-load the Mor Chana app on your phones and fill out the information. This will help avoid some delays as you arrive in new provinces.

*Readers should also realise that the local provincial health officials report daily as well. Those totals don’t usually find their way into the national daily tally until the next day.

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