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Recent poll shows most Thai residents pin high hopes on first dose

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According to a recent Super poll, nearly 90% of respondents say they want every Thai citizen to receive the first dose to fight Covid-19, but are less concerned when the second dose is given. Furthermore, almost 80% of respondents believe they can resume their pre-Covid-19 life as soon as Thais get their first dose.

The director of the Super Poll Research Institute says the poll indicates the people of Thailand will have more trust in the government once 70% of its people have been vaccinated. The spokesperson says that trust will be further increased if the government focuses on continual communication on how the vaccination campaign is being handled. He also criticised spreaders of fake news relating to Covid-19 vaccinations, specifically about the vaccination’s effectiveness, a tactic, according to him, to dissuade people from receiving the vaccination, were pointless criticisms.

Further information on the survey showed…

• 6% want the government to prioritise groups of people in high-risk areas for vaccination and to allow each province to manage its own vaccination program
• 6% want the government to allow the private sector to procure alternative vaccines as quickly as possible
• 7% want everyone to have access to the vaccines
• 6% are confident that Thailand can reopen for economic recovery after every Thai is vaccinated with the first dose, compared to only 6.8% who have no confidence

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Jack Arthur

Jack is from the USA, has a B.A. in English, and writes on a variety of topics. He lives in Thailand.

7 Comments

  1. If every Thailand resident isn’t vaccinated then no one is safe. UK officials report the discovery of a Thai Variant. Thai says its originally from Egypt…but what are Phuket governor’s going to do ..deny entry to UK and Egyptians? Do tourists 7 days in Phuket and leave for Bangkok have to isolate returning to Phuket after exposure to Covid Thailand. Sandbox is so full of questions. What of the professional girlfriends who stick like glue to tour with the punters?

  2. Firstly, I hope that any Thai who has the opportunity to receive a vaccine, takes it and follows through with taking the second dose as well (because it takes both doses to give full protection). The only exception I am aware of, is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I know at the moment that vaccines are not in good supply. But they will be. Vaccines are the only way out of this pandemic. But in the time before vaccines are available to you, the advice (proven world wide) is too wear a mask whenever you are in public. Keep a safe distance from others. Wash your hands or sanitise your hands regularly. Do not kiss, hug or shake hands with others. If you feel any flu like symptoms, get tested. If testing isn’t available, then isolate from others. If you get more sever symptoms, go to hospital. That is the best advice from everything I have seen since this pandemic began.

  3. I’m just a little bit unsure of the “Super Poll”‘s accuracy and neutrality.

    They don’t seem to have been polling for long, and I see that in one previous poll it found that an overwhelming 87% “… believed in the prime minister. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha will lead the country to pass the COVID crisis and the economy” and in another that “Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha” was the most popular minister and he had “won the hearts of the people”.

    “A spokesperson … also criticised spreaders of fake news relating to Covid-19 vaccinations, specifically about the vaccination’s effectiveness, a tactic, according to him, to dissuade people from receiving the vaccination, were pointless criticisms.”

    Why would a director of a neutral poll say that?

  4. “… nearly 90% of respondents say they want every Thai citizen to receive the first dose to fight Covid-19, but are less concerned when the second dose is given.”

    Did they really?

    Just after the period between the first and second dose has been extended to sixteen weeks?

    What an extraordinary
    coincidence and how fortuitous, despite all the comments on social media questioning it.

    “Furthermore, almost 80% of respondents believe they can resume their pre-Covid-19 life as soon as Thais get their first dose.”

    More ‘really’?

    Despite all the experts, including the Thai independent experts and all the vaccine manufacturers (except J&J, with a single dose), saying that can’t happen until a fortnight after the second dose?

  5. Yes, they are abandoning masks as soon as they get one inoculation- why are they not being instructed otherwise? They are not fully vaccinated until after the second dose and that’s between 2- 4 weeks later with Sinovac. That already dismal 58% efficacy is going to drop the longer the delay after 4 weeks.

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