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Expats are included in Thailand’s vaccination plan, Phuket to start registration

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Expats are included in Thailand’s vaccination plan, a spokesperson from the CCSA said today, clarifying recent reports that said Thais have priority in the first phase of inoculations. The spokesperson says comments were taken out of context and, in fact, foreigners have already been included in the first phase of vaccinations.

We’d like to confirm that Thailand’s vaccination strategy is based on ensuring accessibility to all those who require it, regardless of their nationality.

We’d like to reiterate that Thailand continues to include foreign residents in its vaccination program and some foreign residents have been inoculated in the first phase already.

A Ministry for Public Health spokesperson had recently told the Bangkok Post that doses are currently reserved for Thais who are at high risk of infection or who are living in an area where there is a severe outbreak. He said foreigners need to wait until there is a clear vaccine policy announced by the government.

The CCSA spokesperson says comments made on the vaccinations for foreigners were “taken out of context in the media.”

Due to the limited number of doses, Thai health officials had to prioritize the doses, first vaccinating those at risk including frontline healthcare workers, the elderly, and those living in areas where there is a severe outbreak. The spokesperson says foreigners, including migrant workers and migrant health volunteers, have been included in the first phase of vaccinations which started at the end of February and will go until the end of May.

The next phase will include the diplomatic community and international orginasations as well as foreign residents depending on the their level of risk. Officials are also working on a system for foreigners to register for the vaccine, discussing whether to have a mobile application or to just have foreign residents contact hospitals directly for a vaccine.

Phuket and Koh Samui, tourist destinations that have been said are of “economic significance,” have moved up in Thailand’s Covid-19 immunisation plan with an accelerated rollout of vaccinations in an effort to reach herd immunity and reopen to foreign tourists.

Some expats who work as English teachers on the islands say they’ve already been injected with the vaccine. One expat told the Thaiger he has received both doses of the Sinovac vaccine. The school helped with the registration process for both injections and he was vaccinated for free.

In Phuket, expats working in the province will be able to register for the Covid-19 vaccine starting on May 11, according to a report from The Phuket News. Foreigners must have a valid work permit to be eligible for the vaccine and human resources staff must register the foreign workers under the name of the company. Expats who do not work for a company in Phuket will have to wait for the next phase of registration, according to the report.

SOURCES: CCSA | Phuket News

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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.

16 Comments

  1. If true this is good news. But as Thailand is the hub of all global hubs , it is also known as the hub of u-turns and change of minds….. so is this true – maybe – until the next minister corrects the misunderstandings ….. again!!

  2. But as always, we expats must have a truck load of documents etc to be granted the CCP vaccine aka Sinovac. I rather wait until the private hospitals get their vaccines when ever that will be, even if i have to pay for it. No chinese crap in my arm thank you.

  3. I would hope that there was a significant negative reaction from foreign embassies that resulted in the U-turn. Makes me laugh how they say the comments were taken out of context. I guess that’s diplomatic language for – we Fu*#ed up but won’t lose face and so blame others. Why can’t Thais see that such blatant lies actually make them lose more face than simply owning up and gaining respect. I guess telling the truth gains you nothing in their culture?

  4. “The Health Minister even went further by saying there were no plans to give expats free vaccines and that foreigners could go to private hospitals and pay for jabs in the future when there is a surplus of the vaccine.”

    Would it be this comment that was taken out of context? Because it seems pretty damn IN context to me and the other net-contributing foreigners in this banana republic.

  5. “… as always, we expats must have a truck load of documents etc to be granted the CCP vaccine aka Sinovac.”

    The exact same “documents” as Thais if you want to register using the app – your Thai ID card.

    If you don’t have one that’s hardly anyone else’s fault as they cost 60 baht.

    Apparently you can also register at your local hospital with your Thai hospital number – no pink Thai ID card needed.

  6. “I would hope that there was a significant negative reaction from foreign embassies that resulted in the U-turn”

    You’d be wrong, as usual.

    “Why can’t Thais see that such blatant lies actually make them lose more face than simply owning up and gaining respect.”

    Why would you expect them to be any different to any other politicians?

    “I guess telling the truth gains you nothing in their culture?”

    When did you last see any Western politicians, such as Boris and Donald T, saying anything that remotely resembled “the truth”? That doesn’t justify it in any way, but it just puts your suggestion this is somehow unique to Thai “culture” into its normal perspective – racist garbage, nothing else.

    1. Politicians”. Who was taking about politicians? I mean all Thais. From politicians to healthcare specialists to tourism leaders. You decided to talk about politicians. “When did you last see any western politicians blah blah blah”.. Again, who said anything about politicians? The fact is Issan John that I was talking about Thais and Thai culture. A culture where telling a lie is seen as an alternative truth. You are so blind old man. You need a dose of reality. The world has improved a lot since you crawled in to your grief hole in the outbacks of Issan.

  7. @Timmytime – Gees. Whatever the government says you would automatically disagree. If you don’t want the Chinese one then give it someone who wants it and go to the back of the queue.

  8. Quite fight Buttaxe, originally we only going to get the vaccine after all Thais had been vaccinated. Even then, we were only going to get the leftovers if there were any, probable around December. Anyway, its pointless having the Chinese vaccine, barely 50% effective, this vaccine will cause untold problems for Thailand over the next couple of years.

  9. ““You’d be wrong, as usual”. Based on your opinion which is, as usual, worthless.”

    Actually, ‘No’, @Nigel, based on the facts, as readily available and widely reported – equally “worthless” to you, though, since as usual you ignore them.

  10. ” Who was taking about politicians?” … “Again, who said anything about politicians?”

    Well actually, @Nigel, YOU were “talking about politicians” since the “they” you and everyone else commenting to refer to are “politicians”.

    But let’s not let the facts get in your way.

    “The world has improved a lot since you crawled in to your grief hole in the outbacks of Issan”

    Really?

    Well, since I moved to Issan, world-wide: the poor have undoubtedly become comparatively poorer while the rich have become richer, salaries are lower in real terms (except for the top few), there are more starving, more civilians dying in wars, more refugees, less aid, more discrimination and extremism, and now there’s Covid.

    All facts, easily verifiable, rather than my “opinion”, although arguably you can add global warming and assorted environmental issues.

    Maybe you see that as showing how “the world has improved a lot”, but we’ll have to differ there.

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