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Vaccine rollout underway in Phuket as province receives 4,000 doses



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The southern island of Phuket has kicked off its vaccine rollout, after taking delivery of 4,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac jab. Vaccine administration began yesterday, with priority given to 1,500 healthcare workers and 500 “at-risk” officials exposed to Covid-19 patients.

Nation Thailand reports that Vachira Phuket Hospital is administering the vaccines, with capacity to vaccinate 400 people a day. However, in order to meet Phuket’s target of 1,000 – 1,500 a day, doses are also being distributed to other hospitals on the island.

Phuket has been decimated by Covid-19, with international tourism plummeting and countless tourism-reliant businesses shut for good. The island is expected to take delivery of a further 16,000 vaccine doses, due to being prioritised as an “economically significant” province. After that, another 48,000 doses are expected in April or May, bringing the island’s total number of doses to 68,000. Frontline healthcare workers, tourism workers, and people over the age of 60 will be prioritised.

In 2019, Phuket welcomed around 10 million foreign visitors. According to the local tourism association, it has since lost about 80% of its tourism-related businesses, due to the pandemic.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. EdwardV

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Nice to see Thailand still intends to prioritizing the four economic zones. While I think opening by July will be tough to pull off,
    It’s nice to see they are going to try.

  2. Rasputin

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 11:34 am

    First line Health workers should be the first to be vaccinated but the 500 “at risk officials” I wonder what the criteria was to include them in the at risk group? I doubt if they have ever been in contact with potentially infected people in their lives.

  3. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    So Phuket’s received 4,000 doses, with a “plan” to receive 64,000 more in the next three months …

    … at that rate, with two doses each, vaccinating the planned 70% of the island’s population so vaccinated tourists can be allowed back without quarantine will be done by spring 2024 … ?

    … and by the big day, “1 October 2021”, maybe 20% will have been vaccinated … ?

  4. Jason

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    I think the sooner the Island of Phuket gets vaccinated, the sooner vaccinated international tourists can return with confidence and no quarantine. Phuket international Airport can take direct flights from other low risk countries and slowly move forward with confidence.

  5. Stardust

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    And still there is no disclosure from Sinovacs vaccine datas. And as we read in another article a thai doctor gave fake vaccines for covid 19 and it was just water. So why Sinovac doesnt disclosure the datas as demanded from who and many countries. And how can there be a aproval without suffient datas?!

  6. Clive G

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Phuket hasn’t been decimated by COVID-19, it’s been decimated by the government reaction to Covid. I’m not worried about getting the virus, I already caught it on the plane back from Thailand a year ago January. I’m more worried about measures like mask wearing that would spoil my holiday if I came again

  7. Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Stardust, there’s plenty of “disclosure” even if you’re unable to read it. Try the Lancet, for starters. ?

  8. Alavan

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    At risk officials are probably immigration and customer officers, and some other people working at the international airport

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