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Update on Phuket’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign

Tanutam Thawan



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So far, around 22% of the population in Phuket has been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The island province aims to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of June to reach “herd immunity”. Officials remain committed to the original plan to reopen to vaccinated foreign travellers by July 1, as ambitious as it sounds given the current situation with cases on the island.

Nationwide, only 645,500 people, which is about 1% of the population in Thailand, have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Here are some updates on Phuket’s immunisation campaign…

  • Phuket is set to receive 140,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine next month. Those who are are over 60 years old, and who have registered for the vaccine, will be the first to get injected. The inoculations with the AstraZeneca jab will start on June 7.
  • The island province continues to use the Sinovac vaccine in its mass immunisation campaign. Phuket just received 200,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine and will start the next round of injections on May 18. Another 200,000 doses will arrive around the end of the month to be used as a second injection for those injected this month.
  • Expats working in tourism-related business or in the education sector in Phuket are allowed to register for a vaccine under the government campaign, according to the Phuket Health Office. Foreigners working for businesses outside of the tourism or hospitality sector will be included in the next phase of vaccinations, a source told Phuket News. Foreigners must have a valid work permit to register for a vaccine.

SOURCE: Phuket News


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    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    I did write last week that its timewise almost impossible to get 70% fully vaccinated. The latest news only confirms my conclusion.

    Still just 22% vaccinated mid may and 5 to 6 weeks needed for a full vaccination. 1st shot, 3 to 4 weeks in between 1st and 2th shot and finaly 2 weeks to be effective.

    With most of the needed vaccines not yet available the Phuket governement can only achieve 70% having just one shot by 1st july. And this is still a optimistic guess.

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    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Phuket isn’t just a “sandbox”, it’s a test case for just how organised the Thai Government and Provincial Government can be. It’s also a test case for how Thailand will go in it’s vaccine program and also whether “herd immunity” actually works. We have been sold the panacea that widespread vaccination will return things to normal. Phuket will be a good test of that. Seychelles is comparable to Phuket. So far they have achieved 62% full vaccination (both doses). They have allowed travellers from anywhere in the world except India and South Africa. There has been a rise in Covid cases there, primarily because unvaccinated tourists are allowed to enter. But Phuket and Seychelles are good test cases. I hope Phuket can ramp up the vaccine rollout and give hope to the ordinary people of Thailand who,like all of us, just want this nightmare to be over.

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    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    @Jason – true. And maybe its not 1st of big deal. 1st of August is fine aswell. As long as the Thai governement is setting attainable goals and not shy away from adjusting goals. Beter safe then sorry. Songkran 21? I not have to say more

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    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    @Jason – I honestly fail to see where ANY country can achieve herd immunity when even when you have had both( or whatever number they say) injections you can STILL GET INFECTED, also you can still pass on the virus???, how can that be called any form of immunity?.

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    J West

    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Unvaccinated “ service workers” will flood the island as soon as any word of fresh money leaks out. That will nullify every effort by authorities to achieve herd immunity…..and as in Seychelles, cases wil rise exponentially. As far as “ international vaccinated tourists” are concerned. All Thai will accomplish is to throw the doors wide open to sick persons fleeing Covid Death Zones like India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc etc. After all , vaccination certificates are printed and sold at airports as proven in Russia , East Europe etc etc. Phuket wants tourists to spend seven days before traveling to Bangkok Pattaya etc. They’ll be sending the worlds sick into Greater Thailand because of the greed factor that might see 7 days revenue into the pockets of the booze lobby. Meanwhile Covid cases rise exponentially because government isn’t willing or capable of distributing vaccines.

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    Me Two

    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    “There has been a rise in Covid cases there …”

    A “rise”?

    It’s now got the highest Covid infection rate in the world!

    “… primarily because unvaccinated tourists are allowed to enter”

    You forgot to mention it’s because the vaccines used evidently don’t work as 37% of those infected have had both doses of the vaccine!

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    Dean Millard

    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Having the Chinese is only 50% affective it’s rubbish

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