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Krabi received 500,000 doses towards its 100% vaccination goal



PHOTO: Railay Beach, Krabi pushes towards 100% vaccination rates. (via tawatchai07 freepik)

Krabi has received 500,000 vaccines from the Ministry of Public Health as the province begins its reopening plan and pushes towards vaccination goals. Krabi, along with Phang Nga, joined Phuket and the Koh Samui islands as Sandbox destinations that international travellers could arrive into for a 7-day soft quarantine before being allowed to travel freely throughout Thailand.

Right now, the province has a vaccination rate of only 35.7%, with high-risk groups like those over the age of 60 years old, women over 12 weeks pregnant, and people with key underlying health conditions sending out about 62.5% vaccinated.

Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul has set the ambitious goal of 100% vaccination of the local population before fully reopening the province to foreign tourists. Right now only key locations like Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi, and Ko Ngai are included in the Sandbox reopening plan that launched October 1.

Krabi was earlier designated as one of the Sandbox Extension locations as part of Phuket’s 7 + 7 plan we’re, starting in August, after 7 days in phuket, vax mated international arrivals could test negative a second time and travel to the same Sandbox areas in Krabi and also Khao Lak and Kho Yao in Phang Nga.]

Anutin is pushing hard for the 100% vaccination rate in Krabi especially because of its proximity to Phuket making it an easy location for tourism to spread quickly in the coming months. Once the population is vaccinated, the tourism industry can start growing smoothly with low risk of major Covid-19 outbreaks.

Initial vaccine targets include healthcare workers and volunteers who would often be in close proximity to possible Covid-19 infections, and students in Krabi as they aim to reopen schools beginning in November.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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