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Pattaya mayor pushes to vaccinate residents and become an “area quarantine”

Caitlin Ashworth




The Pattaya City mayor is pushing for the city to become a “safe bubble” for tourists and residents. The idea is to vaccinate all residents and workers in the tourism industry, designating Pattaya as an “area quarantine,” Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem says. He adds that the city has prepared a proposal for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The mayor says he hopes the plan would build both residents’ and visitors’ confidence in Pattaya and boost tourism after the local economy suffered over the past year from the lack of foreign tourists.

Chon Buri is now classified as a “yellow zone” under close surveillance. At the height of the recent wave of the coronavirus, Chon Buri was designated as a “red zone” under maximum control. With the coronavirus situation in the area now under control, Sonthaya says he believes restrictions will be further relaxed in the province.

The first Covid-19 vaccine shipment is set to arrive tomorrow and Chon Buri is planned to be one of the first provinces to start injections. Only 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine are set to arrive, with the most vulnerable groups and frontline workers first in line to get vaccinated.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    of course… a vax that is legally and technically not a vax but an experimental human gene therapy that has been fast-tracked to market…. for a flu that has effected 0.036% of the thai population (should you actually believe that exaggerated number) with but mild symptoms and killed statistically zero people.

    what would make more sense from a govt official that proposing exactly everyone gets jabbed!?

    Me? I would call it nefarious, brown envelope motivated, and literally dangerous to the population.

    What would The Thaiger call it? 555. they wouldn’t say anything

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    The last time Pattaya tried to impose “area quarantine” it lasted less than a day before they realised it was an impossibility and gave up.


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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    after that in a year practically no tourists have come to get 14 days of quarantine closed in the hotel there are still politicians talking about tourism in quarantine, but are they stupid or what? Tourism will only return without quarantine, this is the place to start, perhaps in 2022

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    Peter Nielsen

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    It is not necessary to vaccinate the majority or the whole population, as the Phizer and Moderna vaccines are nearly 100% effective, and thus those who take them will be nearly 100% protected. To vaccinate healthy and young people makes no sense. It is illogical.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:23 pm

      Repeating nonsense doesn’t stop it being nonsense.

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        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:08 am


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    Grumpy John

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    I think it was yesterday I commented headless chooks could run the country better. My guess is with mutations there is a high likelihood of another large…larger…outbreak even if most Thai’s are vaccinated.

    It wasn’t all that long ago a government spokesman was praising the local pharma industry because they could provide a large amount of the Astra Zeneca vaccine blah blah blah.

    And tourist numbers in 2021 will be 32 million…I mean 23 million…hang on we meant 12 million..oh crap, now it’s 10 million…anyone for 6million??? Maybe 3.2 million…cross your fingers!

    In the history of government communication never have so many government people said so much that is inaccurate or actually wrong they must be trying for a Guiness Book world record!

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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Can’t blame the mayor for trying. Makes sense at some level to prioritize those living and working in tourist areas since they will be the ones first in contact with foreigners when the quarantine is dropped.

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      James Pate

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:43 am

      Yes, he’s trying. Submission of the plan to the nat’l gov’t is a good idea. If the plan is rejected, they should have to explain why and help refine it and not just reject it out of hand on grounds that it’s their turf.

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        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:25 am

        From last night’s BP: “Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday his government will consider allowing visitors who can produce a vaccination certificate to skip the quarantine and authorities will come up with a plan to track them during their stay in the country.” – I’m thinking the wheels are being greased as we speak.

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    Charles Wall

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 3:34 am

    Most of the people employed in the tourist industry are under 50, so no real problem for them even if they catch it. As for the bar girls, most are under 35, except for a few old bags.

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      James Pate

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:43 am

      No shortage of old bags in Jomtien.

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    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:42 am

    And where are theses vaccines????

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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