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Vaccine appointments from today via Mor Prom LINE account

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PHOTO: Mor Prom Line App to make vaccine appointments. via Line

Thailand has launched the Mor Prom account on the Line app today where locals can register to get their vaccine appointments. While 16 million people earmarked as vulnerable will get top priority for the free vaccines, everyone can sign up now, though it appears to be for Thai citizens only. Starting today, people can register for vaccination using the Line app by contacting Mor Prom, which is Thai for “doctor’s ready”. You will need to include your Thai ID number to register.

According to Thai PBS World, the CCSA suggests for those who are not tech-friendly, register at your local hospital or with a health volunteer or clinic. A spokesperson even suggested asking a younger relative for help. They stressed that people already on the priority list do not need to flood the system today, as registration will be ongoing for a long time.

People with chronic conditions and seniors get priority to minimise Covid-19 deaths. Half the Coronavirus deaths in Thailand had underlying health conditions or were elderly, according to the chair of the Covid-19 Vaccine Management Committee who is also the Deputy Minister for Public Health. While everyone can sign up with the Mor Prom app,

11.7 million Thai people over the age of 60 will be first in line, followed by 4.3 million people labelled as vulnerable due to underlying illnesses like stroke, kidney failure, heart and blood vessel conditions, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. The government has confirmed that foreigners will be included in the country’s vaccine roll out, but not at this stage.

The first priority group will be vaccinated starting June 7 and continuing through to the end of July. The public health ministry is confident that there will be enough vaccines and inoculations by the time the Mor Prom vaccine appointments are in full swing to reach the 70% threshold by the end of the year in order to achieve her immunity. AstraZeneca is set to 6 million vaccines in June and 10 million more in July, plus the local Siam Bioscience say they will be in full production of the AstraZeneca vaccine domestically in case of any importing delays.

The Mor Prom Line account is operated by the Thai Public Health Ministry and features a menu of helpful tools on its chat page. You can click register to fill in your first and last name, home province, and national ID card number. You can also click add people in order to register other people like family members or friends that may not be on the Line app. Once registered, vaccine appointments can be booked.

All applicants will be checked against the eligibility list the government keeps for priority vaccines. Before your appointment, you will receive alerts via Line with information about your appointment and on observing side effects, along with booking the follow-up appointment for your second vaccine. Rescheduling is also an option for those needing to change vaccine appointments.

This new Line account hopes to hasten Covid-19 vaccinations at a time when the pandemic is surging throughout the country. Infections and death rates have grown more quickly than in past ‘waves’ with the B117 variant of Covid-19 currently sweeping across Thailand.

 

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    Steve369.

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    As predicted for Thai’s only and this comes two days after someone assured foreigners we would be included in the country’s free vaccine rollout.

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    American psycho

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    If you let your phone die and don’t charge it again the psychos in power will lose their grasp and power on the fear segment in your brain. The phone is the virus.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Thaiger, your report differs considerably from your source report from Thai PBS World, so could you give your source for the difference?

    “The government has confirmed that foreigners will included in the country’s vaccine roll out, but not at this stage.”

    “not at this stage” may be true, but it’s not in the Thai PBS World report nor have I seen any report elsewhere that “the government” has said that.

    Could you give a source for that government statement, since it’s not mentioned on the Mor Prom site or by your source?

    Why, for example, can foreigners with Thai IDs / pink cards not register as part of the “4.3 million people labelled as vulnerable”, if they are, just as some registered before and were vaccinated?

    Please could you give a give a source, Thaiger, since Thai PBS World very clearly says registration is “for residents” who are eligible while you say it’s “not at this stage” but only for “Thais”.

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    IJTF

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    @simon you are splitting hairs of the most irrelevant details. The vaccine is not needed for all but the old and weak and any one who is afraid of covid, even though the statistics suggest covid just isn’t any more dangerous than the cold or flu for most.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    FWIW, @Thaiger, a farang friend with a pink card tells me he has registered on the Mor Prom app, so I would be even more interested to know the source for your report that “the government has confirmed” that foreigners are not included “at this stage”, which has not been reported elsewhere.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    “@simon you are splitting hairs of the most irrelevant details”

    Well, if you think whether foreigners can register for the vaccine and Mor Prom app or not is “splitting hairs of the most irrelevant details” that’s up to you, but I think it’s probably of rather more interest to most foreigners reading this article and the comments than your uninformed and asinine comments equating Covid to a cold “for most”.

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    Big Ben

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    I’m a farang expat retiree, not a “Permanent Resident”, so I’ll throw in my two pence worth.

    I’ve just registered on the Mor Prom app, no problems, so the report that it’s not for foreigners “at this stage” is wrong.

    End of, easily checked.

    I won’t be taking up the free jab because I can afford to pay a couple of hundred baht for AZ or Sinovac, or a few thousand for another jab at a private hospital, and I’m not going to take a jab away from a Thai who needs it as badly as me but can’t afford it.

    Anyone who’s here as a tourist or expat should be willing and able to pay for the jab without a problem if they want it.

    If you can’t, you shouldn’t be here.

    End of.

    I only registered to see if I could, as I’m sick of the unjustified Thai bashing here both by those commenting and, recently, by the Thaiger. If you feel that strongly, get out – you know where the airport is.

    The roll out here is a disgrace, but that affects Thais as much as us. With articles and comments like those here, it’s no wonder some Thais are getting sick of us.

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    James R

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Simon Small aka Issan John

    It makes no difference what has been said as facts re the vaccine rollout changes every few hours it seems.

    But I can imagine farangs will be at the bottom of the list as Thai people will come first of course, it is natural, farangs should go back to their own country to have their free vaccine instead of trying to steal the vaccine from the locals.

    I don’t think the West is giving out free vaccines to tourists so why should Thailand? Including people on a yearly renewable temporary visitor visa strangely named a ‘retirement visa’.

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    David Robertson

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:46 am

    @James R – I have been resident in Thailand for twenty years with family and several businesses. I know of many Thais in U.K. Who have been vaccinated. I would happily pay for vaccination. Why should foreigners be penalised?

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:37 am

    If it “makes no difference” to you whether the news is right or wrong, @James R, as long as it it suits you, then we evidently have very different views on the level of accuracy and honesty we expect from supposed news media.

    Despite what’s been reported here and what you “imagine”, “farangs” / foreigners are not “at the bottom of the list as Thai people will come first of course”.

    That’s wrong and very easily verifiable as wrong, even from abroad.

    ANYONE with a Thai ID number can register on the Mor Prom app. ANYONE. That obviously includes “Thai people”, but it also includes all migrant workers (Burmese / Laotian/ Khmer / Malay) registered legally or with the amnesty who have a “white card”, and any foreigners / farangs who have a “pink card” which all those “people on a yearly renewable temporary visitor visa strangely named a ‘retirement visa’” have been eligible for since 2008.

    BTW, it’s not “named a ‘retirement visa'” but is an “extension of stay”.

    Anyone with a pink card can verify that very easily by registering on the app, even if they’re abroad.

    That may not suit your agenda or what you “imagine”, but it’s very easy to check which is why it’s all the more disappointing that the Thaiger didn’t do so before reporting what they also “imagined” although AFAIK no other news media reported this.

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    Chiang Mai Guy

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Most expats are over 60 , and many of us are vulnerable due to underlying illnesses as well, yet we are put to the very back of the line and are treated as 2nd class people.
    Heard immunity is heard immunity, and we are part of the heard. All they had to do was allow us to register with the app and accept our passport # as id. Done ! Seems Government is going out of their way to make us feel very un-important. They seem eager to get tourists to come here, yet we are here all the time contributing to the economy.
    Feeling un-appreciated yet ?

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    What foreigners are being “penalised” here, @David Robertson?

    Have you tried to register on Mor Prom if you’re eligible (“… vulnerable due to underlying illnesses like stroke, kidney failure, heart and blood vessel conditions, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, cancer, and obesity”) using your Thai ID number?

    … and if you’re not eligible because you’re not vulnerable, then you’re not being “penalised”, are you, just being treated the same as your wife, family, and your Thai employees?

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    Chiang Mai Guy

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    @Simon Small – I don’t have a Thai ID #, and many of us do not.

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    “@Simon Small – I don’t have a Thai ID #, and many of us do not.”

    So why is that someone else’s fault?

    FWIW I don’t have one either because I’ve never bothered, but I’m not blaming someone else for that and whingeing that “all they had to do was allow us to register with the app and accept our passport # as id” when all I have to do is go to the local amphur / district office and get one.

    How spoon-fed do you need to be?

    They’ve been available since 2008.

    You don’t need to be married to a Thai, you don’t even need to own a house or condo or have a work permit.

    All you need is a yellow tabien bahn, and you don’t need to own a house or condo or have a work permit for that either – and a yellow tabien bahn is free.

    If you apply at your local amphur, which is very simple, you still have plenty of time to get both and to apply for your free vaccine if paying for one is too much for you to bear.

    They cost 60 baht. Maybe you think that should be free too.

    Nobody’s “putting you to the back of the line” or “going out of their way to make you feel very un-important.” You’re doing that all by yourself.

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    Big Ben

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    “@Simon Small – I don’t have a Thai ID #, and many of us do not.”

    They cost 60 baht, @CMG.

    If you’re over 60, the card’s for life, otherwise for ten years.

    You can’t use your passport to register because without a Thai ID# your hospital records are filed by the hospital by your hospital number.

    The more I read here, and see in places like Phuket, the less surprised I am that some Thais are starting to resent foreigners who think the country should be run for their benefit.

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    James R

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Simon Small aka Issan John

    My comment was about farangs not people from adjoining countries, read what I write in future, don’t make it up, in case you didn’t know a farang as used by the Thais means a person from the West.

    I doubt very much the vast majority of farangs have a pink card, you must be in a minority by holding a pink card.

    I spend between six to twelve months normally in Thailand on each trip (before covid) and I know for a fact we are second class, we pay more at Thai venues, tourist places too, a target for the police for a bit of pocket money, can not own property, I accept it as a fact and without a problem as I am a visitor.

    But I would never fall into the con trick of marring a young Thai woman, buying a house I can not own and then losing the lot, I have come across many farangs crying into their beer having lost everything.

    But it is still a good place for holidays for me as long as I know I am there as well as all farangs at the behest of the immigration office.

    Happyness is, Investments, property, money stay in your home country, holiday money sent over to Thai bank account by transfer.

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    “My comment was about farangs not people from adjoining countries, read what I write in future, don’t make it up, in case you didn’t know a farang as used by the Thais means a person from the West.”

    I did, @James R.

    What part of
    “… any foreigners / farangs who have a “pink card” which all those “people on a yearly renewable temporary visitor visa strangely named a ‘retirement visa’” have been eligible for since 2008”
    are you unable to understand?

    “I doubt very much the vast majority of farangs have a pink card, you must be in a minority by holding a pink card.”

    As I’ve explained since, I don’t have one either but since anyone living here (work permit, retirement extension, etc) can get one very easily for only 60 baht and some simple paperwork from the local district office, if you don’t have one that’s YOUR decision and YOUR fault – NOT Thailand’s.

    “I know for a fact we are second class,”

    No need to explain, @James R

    I’m sure you are second class. That much is obvious.

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    James R

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Simon Small aka Issan John

    I hope you eat your words now as todays news states farangs can not register for the free jab.

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