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Govt confirms Phuket 62% vaccinated

PHUKET: The national government has announced that Phuket province is now ready to go ahead with the Phuket Sandbox reopening to limited quarantine-free tourism for fully vaccinated international visitors, and confirmed that the province’s vaccine rollout is gaining speed with some 62% of the local population now having received at least one dose.

Friday 18 June 2021, 08:52AM

Image: NNT

Image: NNT

“Phuket province is now just steps away from vaccinating 70% of its population, a target set to enable a safe reopening of the island province to international visitors,” said a report posted by state news agency NNT yesterday (June 17).

“According to a set of data from the Department of Disease Control, published by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), 339,773 people in Phuket or around 62.05% of the local population have already received the first jabs of COVID-19 vaccine, with 165,031 people or 30.14% the population fully vaccinated with both doses. The province must fully vaccinate another 218,277 people to achieve the 70% of population threshold,” the report added.

Phuket’s Vice Governor Pichet Panapong said the province’s vaccine rollout covers Phuket residents, the non-registered population and foreign workers, the report explained.

“Accommodation sites where 70% of staff members have been vaccinated are able to apply for the Amazing Thailand Safety Health Administration Plus (SHA+) certification, in order to welcome foreign travelers from 1st July. There are now around 300 SHA+ hotels in Phuket, ready for the province’s reopening,” it added.

Mr Pichet has assured the government the province is well prepared for the Sandbox campaign, from accommodation to the healthcare system, with disease screening and lab testing capacity both well prepared, the NNT report said.

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Christy Sweet | 20 June 2021 - 19:20:48

Vaccinated means you got a shot and is not inoculated which means you are protected against a pathogen. Even IF the 60 % is correct, it is meaningless.  because the vaccine used is crap and no where near the 85% needed have had both doses.  

Christy Sweet | 20 June 2021 - 14:30:54

What is it with whiners' reliance on ad hominem attacks  in lieu  of discourse? Couldn't argue their way out of a beer soaked paper bag. Sad. 

ematt | 20 June 2021 - 12:29:47

Wow, just reading these comments. What a miserable, complaining, disgruntled lot of expats we have here. So sad. 

Christy Sweet | 19 June 2021 - 14:01:55

Not only are they simply counting out a large portion of residents so as to present fudged numbers, they are still touting 70% as some magical number when most every other pathogen requires 86% to achieve 'herd immunity'  Even USA with it superior vaccination campaign is giving up on that as a remedy to ending the pandemic. 

Dave_C | 19 June 2021 - 10:54:01

30.14% does even cut it against a target requirement of 70%.
Who do they think they are conning?

Kurt | 19 June 2021 - 00:59:31

What is the reason that Thai people from other provinces, living now on Phuket, not register here? If all Thai living on Phuket register here the government hospitals get more staff and funds, etc, etc. Than Phuket Government also can manage the island better.

Christy Sweet | 18 June 2021 - 19:40:47

 Whoever approved elimination of non registered residents so as to falsify the figures  should 
face consequences in the International Court of Law. SARS-CoV is going to mutate again right here on Phuket. 

Heinz | 18 June 2021 - 17:09:03

Also, the numbers do not include the Thais who only live on Phuket and are not registered they do not exist and they also do not get a vaccination

Xi_Virus | 18 June 2021 - 16:02:54

Until there is a new government that cares about its citizens and country's visitors #Boycotte Thailand

Xi_Virus | 18 June 2021 - 16:00:38

Stay Healthy #Boycott Thailand

Svcoquette | 18 June 2021 - 11:42:19

Va ccinate numbers also do not include the many tourists still here or the many non working expats.

Fascinated | 18 June 2021 - 10:53:29

'Government' and 'confirms' that really instills confidence given their track record and fudging. 

Dave_C | 18 June 2021 - 09:35:18

Quote "“Phuket province is now just steps away from vaccinating 70% of its population"

It was 74% vaccinated a few days ago and now it is 62% ??

30.14% fully vaccinated is not just steps away from the target 70%

Who are they kidding?


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