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Phuket officials plan to vaccinate 100,000 people next month



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Officials on the southern island of Phuket are aiming to vaccinate 100,000 residents as a first step in meeting the deadline for a July 1 re-opening. Under the approved “Sandbox” model, foreign tourists can enter Phuket from that date without having to undergo mandatory quarantine, provided 70% of the island’s population has been vaccinated. A tall order…

Nation Thailand reports that Phuket governor, Narong Woonclew, has met with the relevant agencies and community leaders to discuss how vaccine doses will be allocated. He is calling on all Phuket residents to prepare for vaccination by signing up on the provincial health office website.

In order to meet the criteria for the planned July 1 re-opening, at least 466,587 Phuket residents need to receive 2 vaccine doses. At the meeting, officials agreed an initial goal of vaccinating 100,000 residents next month. Narong says Phuket will then receive a further 300,000 doses in May, followed by 200,000 in June, and 260,000 in July. This adds up to a total of 920,000 doses.

The Thaiger recently conducted an informal poll to gauge the response to the “Sandbox” plan. The responses seem to indicate a degree of scepticism among the local expat population, with 54% believing the plan will fail. Many point to an unwillingness among Thais to accept the vaccine, while others say the government is ignoring the fact that many countries have placed travel restrictions on their citizens. The plan also appears to ignore the expat population on the island.

Despite the less-than-enthusiastic response in some quarters, Phuket’s governor is urging residents to register for vaccination before March 31, adding that if at least 50,000 people don’t register, future vaccine procurement may be affected.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    ” if at least 50,000 people don’t register…”

    That’s a tenth of the number required to be vaccinated, FFS! ?

  2. Bill

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    As much as IJ comments can perturb me sometimes, I must say that the comments section wouldn’t be the same without him. Shout out to IJ today

  3. Jason

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Numbers sound good. In my country they will be producing one million doses each week. It sounds like a lot, but with a population of 26 million, it will take a year to vaccinate the entire population. So let’s not be too wowed by the numbers. Do the math 🙂

  4. Kuddly Ken

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 9:29 am

    It has been reported only Thai nationals are eligible to register for vaccination, at least in Phuket. Does this mean foreigners will be part of the 30% non ‘herd’ and will need to use the conveniently established private and expensive vaccination program?

  5. Malc Thai

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    So they want to open phuket July 1st after everyone vaccinated and with 260,000 vaccines to arrive in July?

  6. Steve

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    100’000 Really!

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