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July re-opening for Phuket expected to get government approval today

Maya Taylor



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Today, the government is expected to approve a quarantine-free re-opening for the southern island of Phuket from July. However, the re-opening does require the island to have achieved herd immunity status by vaccinating 70% of its population before then. Deputy PM Supattanapong Punmeechaow says the Centre for Economic Situation Administration will consider the plan at its meeting later today, which will be chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha.

“Phuket has been recognised by foreign tourists. But local businesses and people have suffered during the second wave the Covid-19 pandemic. They have joined forces and offered to be a re-opening model for major tourist provinces. There are flights to the province and hotels to attract quality tourists. They believe if the government supports the plan, the province should re-open before October.”

Yuthasak Supasorn from the Tourism Authority of Thailand says the local community will need to support the mass vaccination plan if the herd immunity goal is to be achieved in time for a July re-opening. He is optimistic local residents will be in favour, saying the plan is more detailed than last year’s “Phuket Model” and can guarantee the health and safety of the local population.

The Bangkok Post reports that under the latest “sandbox” proposal, at least 466,587 of Phuket’s inhabitants will need to be given 2 doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. The island plans to take delivery of 933,174 doses, with the first round of vaccinations beginning on April 15, followed by the second from May 15.

Phuket’s public health chief, Kusak Kukiatkul, says priority recipients of the first dose will include local health officials who have close contact with Covid patients, service industry workers, and people with underlying health conditions. He is calling on Phuket residents to register at the provincial public health office and says there are no grounds for concern about being vaccinated.

“Don’t worry because the outcome of the first round of vaccinations was very satisfactory, with little side effects reported. It is similar to general vaccinations.”

Meanwhile, foreign tourists who wish to holiday in Phuket will need to show proof of vaccination and will still have to take a Covid-19 test at the airport, as well as downloading and activating the ThailandPlus tracing app.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:39 am

    If they could get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, they would only need one shot per person.

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    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Thai Gov don’t understand quarantine is both side, arrival and departure.
    Tourist have to quarantine when they go back to home, many country still quarantine 14 days , Thai gov should discuss with those country about the travel bubble schema.

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    Alan Detro

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:14 am

    This is an absolute disaster waiting to happen. Even if every person in Phuket is vaccinated, the vaccine does not prevent a person from contracting the virus or spreading it. The only way this plan works is by preventing every other Thai from vising Phuket indefinitely and preventing Phuket residents from leaving indefinitely. Really… think about it! The result will be few people sick in Phuket, but Thais everywhere else super sick…

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:27 am

    “If” !!!

    There are so many holes in the reported plan (emphasis on “reported”) that it’s a recipe for disaster for Thailand as a whole, however much of a short-term panacea it may be for Phuket – and even that’s unlikely to happen.

    With 76% efficacy for AZ and maybe 60% for Sinovac, from the point of view of carrying and transmitting the virus up to 25% of those vaccinated and allowed in unquarantined may as well not have been vaccinated at all.

    If only 10% of 2019’s tourists return that will be 2,500 tourists arriving a day that may as well not have been vaccinated.

    Throw in a failure rate for rapid tests of 25%, and that’s 625 a day who may as well have been neither vaccinated or tested.

    Based on those currently arriving who test positive in quarantine, despite the pre-flight tests for foreigners (not Thais) that’s at least 20 positive Covid cases arriving every day bimbling around Phuket – and that’s with only 10% of 2019 numbers.

    The maths are pretty simple.

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    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Thai Government ? is there one ??????
    Discuss ? We are talking about brainless military ! Forget about any discussion.
    At least we have a good time discovering their numerous moronic re-opening schemes
    that all failed and/or are due to miserably fail.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:45 am

    If they just vaccinate the old, fat, and those that have health problems, they could re open safely.
    Most recover from this virus. 97 percent. So the vulnerable 3 percent are keeping the country closed.

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    “This is an absolute disaster waiting to happen …” etc

    Spot on, Alan D.

    It benefits less than 1% of the country, while putting 99% at risk – and if it goes wrong the entire country, including the 1%, won’t recover from the backlash for years.

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    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Besides your little story being total nonsense again you need to work on your English,’ the maths are pretty simple’, what is wrong in that sentence?.

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      Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      You tell us… what IS wrong with the sentence?’the maths are pretty simple’. Seems OK with us. Please explain.

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    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Issan John what on earth are you talking about?, also your English is wrong ‘the maths are easy’.

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    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    and wear a friggin tracing app yet!!…Screw that

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    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    “How many doses are we getting? 933,174? OK, I propose we will need… *furiously taps on calculator* …466,587 inhabitants to be vaccinated.”



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    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:55 pm


    I think Joe wants you to consider ‘maths’ an uncountable noun and use ‘is’ instead of ‘are’. Personally, I would agree but, well, it’s inconsequential eh.

    Is a group is, or are a group are?

    There will never be a conclusion to this debate.

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    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 12:08 am

    lol, finally worked out who Issan John is after Thaiger aggressively defended “him”. Thats the thing about comments sections, anyone can be anyone.

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