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

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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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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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