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Expats nationwide can register for vaccination from June 7

Expats nationwide can register for vaccination from June 7

PHUKET: All expats in the country will be able to register to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at the hospital where their health records are held from June 7 through what the national government is calling “on-site registration”.

By The Phuket News

Friday 21 May 2021, 07:32PM

Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information and Deputy Spokesman of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, announced the news during his English-language briefing of the COVID situation to the country today (May 21).

Mr Natapanu opened his address by confirming that the state of emergency had been extended until July 31.

“Thailand attaches importance to the vaccination of everyone in Thailand according to the level of risk, regardless of nationality,” Mr Natapanu said.

“We practice what we preach. No one is safe in Thailand until everyone is safe, everyone is vaccinated,” he said.

“Foreigners will be able to register at the hospitals where you have your own health records by using their passport or social security number,” Mr Natapanu explained.

“This is going to be effective across the country,” he said.

“Aside from being able to do this at a hospital that already has your health records, it can be done at other designated hospitals, other designated centres as determined by the Ministry of Public Health,” he added.

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Specifically listed as able to register to be vaccinated on June 7 were foreigners who are spouses of Thai nationals, retirees in Thailand, business people in Thailand and investors in Thailand.

"The expats in Thailand," Mr Natapanu said.

“For each specific group there may be further announcements regarding the details of the location or other specific details as it may be necessary,” he added.

“And thank you for your understanding, because this has been something of a challenge in terms of the database and verifying people through documents.

“In many countries it [a COVID vaccine] is distributed by many agencies. We believe this is the fastest way to inoculate the foreign nationals in Thailand, by separating them by groups, having them register at the hospitals where they have health records,” he said.

“Thank you for your understanding on this. We will share more details as soon as we have it towards the 7th of June... We still have a few more days left before then,” Mr Natapanu concluded.

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Kurt | 23 May 2021 - 16:14:11

I 100% agree with comments of CaptainJack69 when it comes to the way Thai Government handles Covid vaccination of the older foreign 'brothers and sisters' who live permanent in Thailand. It is a shame. It will bounce back. Thailand loose a lot of foreign credit.

Kurt | 23 May 2021 - 13:43:45

Lets face it, Thai apps & sites for vaccination registering are coming and going. "For you, but not not for you. You stay calm and wait". It is a organized mess of first order. Call it smoke curtains to hide incompetence and discrimination in thinking about foreign retirees in vaccination procedures. Covid Management wise is it a mess. Only the scamming Quarantine hotels function. 

maverick | 23 May 2021 - 10:58:52

DaveC@ through their business’ - I know two Dive Instructors who have registered and their company handled it, schools are doing same for farang teachers 

Dave_C | 22 May 2021 - 19:08:32

How did the 7,500 foreigners in Phuket registered for Gov't provided vaccination submit their registration ???

Dave_C | 22 May 2021 - 19:02:22

It would take 15 minutes to place the following on the phuket must win registration website.
"Foreigners cannot register at the moment - 
Expect to register on ??/??/???? if you have a work permit.
Expect to register on ??/??/?? if you don't have a work permit."

maverick@ - the change from numerical to alphanumerical input is just as easy.

CaptainJack69 | 22 May 2021 - 13:24:27

Of note, as of this morning the "phuket dtong chana" platform where I registered my Thai ID card has stopped telling me I can't be registered "due to not being a Thai national" and instead is saying "if you're a foreigner please register in the foreigners group". There is no 'foreigners group' to be found but maybe that will appear later.

maverick | 22 May 2021 - 13:23:38

DaveC@ not that straightforward, passport numbers are not standard every nationality is different some are even alpha numeric - makes validation impossible - social security numbers will have a check digit built in so validation automated 

CaptainJack69 | 22 May 2021 - 13:12:57

The UK is leading the world in its vaccination program. Since day one they have been vaccinating EVERYONE by age-group, completely regardless of immigration status. Even illegals are vaccinated and for free with no need for "verifying documents" or "health records". The virus is transmitted by humans, not by nationalities or documents.

H2538 | 22 May 2021 - 12:07:18

"We practice what we preach"

Dave_C | 22 May 2021 - 10:36:34

quote “And thank you for your understanding, because this has been something of a challenge in terms of the database and verifying people through documents."

How hard is it to change the input of national ID on their website to allow for Passport numbers?  There are Immigration records.

Something does not add up !!!

Svcoquette | 21 May 2021 - 22:37:25

Show the tourists here you care by eliminating the "gatherings" at immigration and extend all VISAs until 31 Dec as Malsysia has done.

Svcoquette | 21 May 2021 - 22:33:40

Why are the foreign tourists here being ignored. Many of us have been stuck here supporting the local economy for more than a year. You want tourists to come here, show them you care about them.

charles | 21 May 2021 - 21:55:45

& what if you do not have any heath records at a hospital ?

Nasa12 | 21 May 2021 - 20:07:16

Registering for vaccine and receiving vaccine.....two very different things


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