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Thailand’s private sector to open 372 vaccination points nationwide

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Thailand’s Chamber of Commerce has confirmed the private sector will open 372 vaccination centres in an effort to accelerate the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. Nation Thailand reports that 82 of the centres will be in Bangkok, which, along with neighbouring provinces, is currently bearing the brunt of the third wave. The private sector aims to support the government’s plans to vaccinate 50 million people this year.

Various premises around the country, including offices and factories, are being kitted out with mobile vaccination units, IT systems and equipment, printers, and card readers. Sanan Angubolkul from the TCC says volunteers are being recruited to staff the centres and food and drinking water will be laid on. The plan is to offer local vaccination, to prevent people from having to travel and potentially pass on the virus.

According to Nation Thailand, Saran met with the Interior Minister, Anupong Paochinda, for talks on increased public-private cooperation in the fight against Covid-19, particularly in supporting small to medium-sized businesses. Both acknowledge the vital role vaccination plays, enabling the country to re-open to desperately needed international tourists.

It’s understood that a vaccination centre launched in partnership with Bangkok City Hall will serve as a model for provincial governors, chambers of commerce, and local health officials around the country.

Meanwhile, the government has confirmed that from next month, foreigners living in Thailand can register to be vaccinated as part of the government’s rollout. That date has been brought forward on the southern island of Phuket, where expats in possession of a valid work permit can register from Tuesday. Phuket is aiming to inoculate 70% of its population as it aims for a July 1 re-opening to vaccinated foreign tourists.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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9 Comments

  1. How about all the foreign tourists still here (Phuket), still spending money to support the local economy. Some consideration should be given to us, especially those of us over 60.

  2. What, exactly, is this meant to achieve?

    372 vaccination centres?

    Thailand already has well over a thousand hospitals, with one in every district, and clinics in every sub-district.

    More people just wanting their 15 minutes of fame and picture in the paper …

  3. “Some consideration should be given to us, especially those of us over 60.”

    I think you’ve been “considered”, @Svc. I’d move away from the sandbox.

  4. 372 centres, not much use if you don’t have vaccines to dish out.

    Issan John/Simon Small, the answer is it is easier to administer and control vaccination distribution in vaccination centres.

    The number of 372 is small though, for example the UK has 2000 hospitals but has set up 1,800 centres to administer the vaccines.

  5. Exactly @James R. You don’t want hospitals; already busy dealing with the impact of the pandemic, having to now handle thousands of inoculations. Far better to set up special centres in often more convenient locations. It also helps if you have some vaccine to use as well!

  6. Tried booking an appt on Mpr Prom, got as far as selecting the Hospital from the list. Said hospital was wrong. Phone the hospital today and they said not for foreigner over 60 they have no policy on this yet from government. Called another hospital a few days ago they said the same thing. This is a shambles up to now. Said happy to pay but they have to wait for instructions!

  7. @p grahame –

    Contact Simon Small aka Issan John as he was saying last week all farangs can register for the vaccine, we know it is not true but maybe he has a magic wand.

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