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Mass vaccination campaign starts today, first phase includes foreigners in “at risk” groups

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“All foreign nationals on Thai soil are included in the national vaccination programme.”

Thailand’s nationwide mass Covid-19 vaccination campaign officially started today. For foreigners living in Thailand, those who are 60 years old and above as well as those with certain underlying health conditions, will be given priority during this phase of vaccinations.

In Phuket and Koh Samui, tourist destinations said to be of “economic significance,” have already opened up registration for vaccinations for expats who work on the islands in an effort to reach herd immunity and reopen to foreign tourists by next month. Many expats who work as English teachers on Koh Samui have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Some say their employer assisted with the registration process.

Thailand first started its Covid-19 immunisation campaign on February 28 with Public Health Minister Anutin Charvarnikul the first in the country to be injected with China’s Sinovac vaccine. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was later administered with the AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns about the Sinovac vaccine for those over 60. The vaccine has since been declared safe and effective for healthy adults over 60 years old. Both are approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation.

Since February 28, more than 4.2 million vaccine doses have been administered, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the daily Covid situation report in English. Both the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines, which are being used in Thailand’s immunisation campaign, need 2 doses to be effective against the coronavirus.

With more doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine shipped to Thailand and doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced locally by Siam Bioscience now available, Thailand is now accelerating vaccinations. Over just 2 hours this morning, 986 vaccination centers have opened up in Thailand and more than 140,000 people have been inoculated.

Many provinces have already begun public relations campaigns for vaccinations for foreign residents including Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Hua Hin, Natapanu says.

“All foreign nationals on Thai soil are included in the national vaccination programme.”

In the current phase of vaccination, those eligible are expats who are 60 years old and above as well as foreigners who have the following underlying health conditions that put that at risk of a severe Covid-19 infection: severe chronic respiratory disease, cancer treated with chemotherapy, 5th stage chronic kidney disease, coronary artery disease, diabetes and obesity. Those with underlying illnesses will need to provide a copy of their medical records and prescriptions.

To register for a vaccine, Natapanu says foreigners in Bangkok and Chon Buri should visit thethailandintervac.com, which is run by the Department of Disease Control.

The US Embassy in Bangkok recently sent an email to American citizens in Thailand on vaccine registration opening for foreign nationals.

Eligible U.S. citizens should first attempt to register at the hospital at which they have a medical record. If you currently do not have a medical record with a local hospital, the website lists other vaccination locations and their readiness status. U.S. citizens will be able to register online or at a hospital which has your health records by using (1) Thai social security numbers, which are associated with Thai work permits, or (2) your passport.

U.S. citizens should note the following: (1) the vaccination campaign will prioritize vaccinating vulnerable populations (people over the age of 60, frontline healthcare workers, and people living and working in high-risk areas) before expanding to the general public; and (2) the Royal Thai Government is still in the process of obtaining the 40 million doses necessary to meet their 100 million dose goal and distributing these across the country. U.S. citizens may not be able to receive a vaccination immediately after registration.

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

21 Comments

  1. Curious about why US Citizens specifically (especially those with underlying health problems) are not eligible after registration? Any follow up information would be most helpful.

  2. There were no vaccines in koh Samui for Thais or foreigners today …no supplies!!
    By the way, there are other places in Thailand other than Phuket and Bangkok so maybe you can report news from them too …. Samui, Hua Hin etc etc

  3. “Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.
    Tell me lies…
    Tell me, tell me lies!
    Oh, oh, ohhhhh you can’t disguise..
    Tell me lies.
    Tell me, tell me lies.”

  4. “Mass vaccination campaign starts today, first phase includes foreigners in “at risk” groups”

    Only if they live in Phuket.. Ko Samui, Chiang Mai or Hua Hin, so not quite the full story – and for Thais, the chances of being vaccinated in many provinces, particularly Issan, is equally limited.

    My local hospital / vaccination centre, covering over 20,000 people, has 20 doses this week.

  5. I am diabetes got a copy of my medical records, however it is from another city in Thailand, here they do not have my medical record, diabetes does not go ever away and papers can not be older then a year lol I am already diabetes for many years. And I am not in chonburi or bangkok … I am lost no clue what to do or where to go

    Thank you government of Thailand when will you do for once 1 thing correctly instead of making a mess of it

    Where to go to? Not 1 hospital know what to do

  6. “Where to go to?”

    Terrible isn’t it, @Frank – you’re not special any more, but you’re in exactly the same boat as everyone else, Thai and farang alike, because you’re not in a high-risk or high-tourist area.

  7. “Curious about why US Citizens specifically (especially those with underlying health problems) are not eligible after registration?”

    Curious about why you think that’s the case, Hugh.

    You’re not special: “U.S. citizens may not be able to receive a vaccination immediately after registration.” Just the same as everyone else here.

  8. “Simon Small with a mindset of a small kid that defend the undefendable.

    Bizarrely wide of the mark as always, @Stardust.

    You may not realise it – you clearly don’t – but

    “only if they live in Phuket, Ko Samui, Chiang Mai or Hua Hin, so not quite the full story – and for Thais, the chances of being vaccinated in many provinces, particularly Issan, is equally limited. My local hospital / vaccination centre, covering over 20,000 people, has 20 doses this week”

    isn’t “defending” anything but is the polar opposite!

  9. TBF, the “vaccination campaign” has been ramped up locally (Loei province) with 220 to be vaccinated today just at the local hospital.

    All very professional, every patient given a vaccination certificate with their own QR code.

    No idea about registrations or how they’re getting so many vaccine doses as Loei was reported as only having 600 this week for the entire province, but better late than never …..

  10. ” PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was later administered with the AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns about the Sinovac vaccine for those over 60. The vaccine has since been declared safe and effective for healthy adults over 60 years old ”
    This is hilarious…this c**t was obviously too scared to get the master’s vax

  11. @Simon Small –

    In the UK if you have diabetes you are classed as high risk and would had preferential treatment.

    I suppose in Thailand to be counted as being in a high-risk group you would have to be dead already.

    I know of people who have gone to a number of hospitals in Phuket including the one where their records are based and have been told to come back at the end of the month as they know of no arrangements for farangs to have the vaccine yet.

    As usual in Thailand it is all talk, then more talk but no action.

    If I was in Thailand I would simply fly back to my own country to have my vaccinations.

    But it is a great place for holidays.

  12. Wow. Appears they have gone from zero to 100kph over night. Good to hear. But, side line article says first shot given in Chiang Mai. So a bit of both.
    We will see. Disappointed no paid private vaccinations until October. I think they will miss the boat here.

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