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Phuket to open vaccine registration for expats

Phuket to open vaccine registration for expats

PHUKET: Foreigners working in Phuket will be able to register to receive the state COVID vaccination through the ‘Phuket Must Win’ web portal from next Tuesday (May 11), Pracha Asawathira PhD, an academic with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, has confirmed.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 6 May 2021, 11:42AM

Pracha Asawathira PhD, an academic with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, delivered the news during a two-hour live broadcast yesterday evening (May 5). Image: Screenshot / Official COVID-19 Information Center Phuket

Pracha Asawathira PhD, an academic with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, delivered the news during a two-hour live broadcast yesterday evening (May 5). Image: Screenshot / Official COVID-19 Information Center Phuket

The news was delivered during a two-hour live online broadcast last night (May 5).

“The registration for expats will open on May 11,” Mr Pracha said, before handing over to Worapol Ungtrakul to explain the details.

Mr Worapol is a member of the Phuket Tourist Association who is part of the task force assigned to oversee the operation of the ‘Phuket Must Win’ web portal (www.ภูเก็ตต้องชนะ.com). 

“The registration for expats working in Phuket will open on May 11, but they must be registered under the name of the company they work for, which means the HR staff must register for them,” Mr Worapol explained.

“Their work permit must be valid too,” he noted.  

“Expats who do not work for any company still have to wait for the next phase of registration, which will allow foreign individuals to register by themselves,” he added.

Registration for Thai nationals 60 years old or older will open tomorrow (May 7), Mr Worapol said.

“Right now, our vaccination system is like ‘Version 2’. Registered people can make their own choice where and when to receive their vaccination injections. If any date or time is full, it will not appear for people to choose,” he explained.

The Official COVID-19 Information Center Phuket this morning (May 6) began posting invitations for people to register for COVID vaccination for specific areas, including Kathu and Phuket Town.



Also present for the live video broadcast yesterday evening were the same team who joined Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew yesterday morning: Dr Chayanon Pucharoen, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at PSU Phuket’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism and Dr Withita Jaeng-iam, an epidemiologist at Vachira Phuket Hospital, along with Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, President of Phuket Tourist Association.

Mr Bhummikitti said that he was expecting “very good news” about the delivery of vaccine doses for Phuket.

“From the [Phuket Tourism Sandbox] plan, we need to complete the vaccination for 70% of our people at least two weeks before opening the island for foreigners [fully vaccinated international tourists] on July 1,” he said.

“Today is today. Our team knows how the vaccine delivery is going right now, but I cannot reveal any details at this time. I better let the government reveal it by themselves about what we will receive.

“We have received a sign. Before this [sign], the possibility of the new vaccine delivery [to make the July 1 deadline possible] was 10%, right now it is up to 28.2%,” he said.

“Opening on July 1 is only to create confidence among tourists to come in the fourth quarter of this year. If we can really open, we will have a lot of bookings in our high season for sure,” he added.

“If we cannot open, questions like when we will open or whether we are really ready to open will be raised. I do not want these kinds of questions raised for us on the stage of world tourism,” Mr Bhummikitti noted.

“We have announced the opening to the world, the government and we should try our best to make it happen,” he concluded.

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Christy Sweet | 12 May 2021 - 13:48:14

Since when are Thais a race? No one is dissing all Asians, just various leaders'   continuous  habit of seemingly nonsensical  policies and refusal to take responsibility.   

Kurt | 12 May 2021 - 12:00:22

Mr Emat should google: What is 'Thainess', and learn the different meanings of 'Thainess', before calling someone a racist.

Kurt | 12 May 2021 - 10:52:26

Almost the whole Kingdom of Bhutan is now vaccinated. Their prime minister is a still practising medical doctor. Bhutan got the vaccine from China. Guess what: China did send AstraZeneca to Bhutan. Bhutan didn't want Sinovac.

ematt | 12 May 2021 - 08:27:55

"Thainess"? You are a racist Kurt. Pity your family.

Kurt | 11 May 2021 - 12:44:52

As Phuket Officialdom announced, Expats, starting today, can register for vaccination. 'Just' a working permit is needed, and their HR staff have to register them. That is the publicity. Reality can be different, easiest is to remain not available for vaccination requests of people with foreign ID number. It is all called 'Thainess'. Of course no one responsible, Ematt.

Kurt | 11 May 2021 - 11:15:31

..Not yet thinking about the Covid India variant that is going to rollout in Thailand? No question thinking or present Sinovac vaccine is suitable/strong enough to neutralize the India variant?

Kurt | 11 May 2021 - 11:11:43

What is Mr Bhummikitti July 1 'opening thinking' ?  Phuket's restaurants, bars, gyms, boxing schools, massage facilities, etc?  Will al of them opening full staffed for show in advance to be ready for end of the year High Season? How to place this thinking while Phuket's hospitals are worried about not having enough ICU facilities the coming time? Not yet thinking about the Covid I...

ematt | 11 May 2021 - 09:27:56

As of 9:15 this morning, no ability to register as a foreigner on this website. Using the corporate channel, as directed in this article, it accepts all information except for foreign ID number.

Svcoquette | 07 May 2021 - 17:38:40

How about the foreign tourists still here, especially those over 60. No consideration us. We are helping the local economy. I don't mind paying for it.

Christy Sweet | 07 May 2021 - 15:07:20

Health care workers first,  elderly or immune compromised 2nd, then everyone else.  Making whitey have  WPs or whatever hoop du jour is senseless if the almighty 'herd immunity' is the goal. Most diseases require 80% or more for this, and no one knows re SARS CoV-2  so we're looking at well..maybe  by January IF no variants arise  that Crap-O-Vac  can't handle. Unlikely. 

Norzribz | 07 May 2021 - 13:59:50

Kurt and captain jack have never said anything positive about thsiland or thsi issues or everything pertaining to thailand , so why not stay in your own perfect countries ??? Hipocrytes. 

maverick | 07 May 2021 - 11:41:00

@kurt all expats will be vaccinated they will give priority to those with work permits then over 60’s sound perfectly reasonable - not sure why you have to put a negative slant on everything what’s your agenda 

Kurt | 07 May 2021 - 09:32:48

@Maverick, Same time Government says that Vaccine producers not deliver vaccines to private sector in Thailand, only through Government ( read: through minister Anutin). So lets see that announcement just as a Thai 'thinking'. Nothing substantial in the pipe line. Words only.

Kurt | 07 May 2021 - 09:22:06

...The idea, link a working permit at a vaccination jab. Serbia is first country that pays everyone 25 Euro when they show up for vaccination. Just red in BP that Thai government starts a new foreign tourist milking. Per 1 January 2022 a tourism fund for emergency use. Per tourist 300 THB, to pay upon arrival Thailand. All Thai signs when it comes to foreigners are on red. 

Kurt | 07 May 2021 - 09:12:37

@Suerte. You are right. Countries vaccinate for free, not Thailand, discriminate her foreign inhabitants. Other countries started vaccinating with the oldest age groups first and than vaccinate down the age groups ( 00-90, 80-70, 80-70 ). Not Thailand. Retirees here are last in line. Now they start with Expats, but must have a valid working permit. The idea,.. to link a working permit at a vaccina

maverick | 07 May 2021 - 07:42:49

Government has now announced all 3 million foreigners living in Thailand are entitled to be vaccinated under government program or through private hospitals 

Suerte | 06 May 2021 - 23:02:04

All nations offer the vaccine for free to those present in the territory of the nation, but clearly not Thailand, they will come back in their footsteps when some expatriate who has not received the vaccine starts infecting many people, then you will see that they will change their mind about vaccination

Christy Sweet | 06 May 2021 - 14:28:48

Of the crappy, questionable Sinovac?  No thanks. I'll hold out for Pfizer  or similar. I do not trust  Chinese govt.'s  morals,  Thailand's either.  

maverick | 06 May 2021 - 13:48:23

Captain Jack69@ the announcement yesterday related to Thailand per se...the intention for Phuket was always to vaccinate foreigners in order to achieve herd immunity and protect elderly foreigners from possible imported infection when they allow tourists back - good news , no ? 

CaptainJack69 | 06 May 2021 - 12:50:52

May 5th "‘Thais, not expats’ get jab priority"; May 6th "Phuket to open vaccine registration for expats".

2 completely contradictory headlines on consecutive days. Welcome to Thailand.

Foot | 06 May 2021 - 12:23:05

@Fascinated - Remember, it hasn't been done yet, and TIT.  Also, understand that other government officials said yesterday that no non-Thais will be vaccinated before all Thais are. This is the ultimate blow off of Expats.

jsrit | 06 May 2021 - 12:21:07

28.2%. So why do I see them on Facebook doing Flash Mob dances?

Fascinated | 06 May 2021 - 11:55:00

At least its a start.


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