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More than 8,500 foreigners in Phuket registered to receive state vaccination

More than 8,500 foreigners in Phuket registered to receive state vaccination

PHUKET: In just two days, more than 8,500 foreigners in Phuket have already registered to receive a state-provided COVID-19 vaccination, according to Phuket Tourist Association President Bhummikitti Raktaengam.

By The Phuket News

Friday 21 May 2021, 02:33PM

Mr Bhummikitti shared the information on his Facebook page last night (May 20).

Registration for all foreigners working in Phuket opened on Wednesday (May 19).

 According to Mr Bhummikitti’s post, 113,487 people in Phuket registered for the first round of mass vaccinations, and 177,932 people registered for the second round, which is currently ongoing.

The post also noted that 8,563 foreigners had been registered, bringing the total number of people in Phuket registered to be vaccinated through the mass-vaccination campaign to 300,002.

From information gathered by Thai officials and embassy and consular representatives in Phuket there are an estimated 11,000 foreigners currently on the island.

After months of silence about when foreigners in Phuket will have the opportunity to receive a state-provided vaccine, only recently have they consistently publicly announced that foreigners working in Phuket will be vaccinated in June ‒ when the AstraZeneca vaccine will be available.

So far all vaccinations provided through the mass-vaccination campaign have been of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine ‘CoronaVac’.

Despite consistent requests from Phuket’s expat community, Thai officials have yet to confirm when any of the vaccines already approved by Thai Food and Drug Administration will be available from private suppliers, such as hospitals.

Dive Supply Co., Ltd.

Meanwhile, The Phuket News was today informed of a foreigner who was registered through the ‘Phuket Must Win’ web portal to receive a vaccine and sent an official appointment to receive his first vaccination injection today, only to be turned away at the vaccination centre this morning and told that foreigners will not receive any vaccination injections until next month.

All people in Phuket must register through the ‘Phuket Must Win’ website (www.ภูเก็ตต้องชนะ.com) in order to receive a state-provided vaccine.

Any registrations through the national ‘MorProm’ channel will be cancelled, officials have confirmed. (See stories here and here.)

This applies to all expats in Phuket, officials have also confirmed.

Of note, the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) has reported that as of yesterday (May 20) 147,182 people in Phuket had already received at least one vaccination injection, some 31.5% of the 466,587 target set by officials.

Phuket health officials have set a target of vaccinating 70% of the island’s population in order for the island to achieve herd immunity so that the island can open to receive fully vaccinated foreign tourists from July 1.

Meanwhile, to help encourage more people to be vaccinated, local officials will start conducting door-to-door knocks, Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong explained yesterday.

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JohnC | 24 May 2021 - 09:17:43

@DeKaaskopp. LOL. Nice one. Keep it up!

CaptainJack69 | 22 May 2021 - 13:51:04

and how are they registered? The company has to register its foreign employees through the 'Phuket Dtong Chana' platform, but there's no functionality on there to register anything but an individual person by ID number. Yet 8,500 people (75% of the foreign population) have apparently been registered in 3 days? What gives? TIT

CaptainJack69 | 22 May 2021 - 13:43:26

These numbers don't add up. I seriously doubt there are 8500 work permits in active status on Phuket after 18 months without any work for them to do, and even if there are then that's more than 75% of the 11,000 figure they quote for total number of foreigners here. 75% of ALL foreigners have Phuket based WP's? After 18 months in a tourist economy with no tourists? Something's fish...

Kurt | 22 May 2021 - 11:57:31

How many foreign Retirees are living on Phuket?

MP | 22 May 2021 - 11:25:29

In order to use the ‘Phuket Must Win’ app, you must have a Thai ID number. There is no indication of what one must do if you don't have that.

Dave_C | 22 May 2021 - 10:17:12

skip - get over your paranoia and use some commonsense for the protection of all.

Dave_C | 22 May 2021 - 08:15:29

Furthermore the article did say 8500 registered for State vaccination and the Private Hospital registration is for a chargeable (non State) vaccination.

Dave_C | 22 May 2021 - 07:58:58

11,000 Foreigners in Phuket and supposedly 8,500 have registered. Currently the Phuketi Must Win website only allows Thai Company registration for Foreigners so that must mean that the 8,500 all work for Thai Companies, I doubt it!. 
The figures don't add up unless registrations with the Private Hospitals are included.

skip | 22 May 2021 - 06:27:31

respect the rights of those who have chosen not to be vexxinated and when the vex queue has diminished, dont send the gestapo to conduct door to door knocking to use pressure tactics to force people into vexxinating. democracy is choice...or in this case...the illusion of a choice. these totalitarian gestapo tactics will increase with waning vex queues.  

Christy Sweet | 21 May 2021 - 21:06:28

Again with the 70 % fantasy herd immunity. Almost every other pathogen requires about 85%  and  no one really knows re SARS CoV- 2 yet officials are touting it as a magic number. Toss in the 58% efficacy Cheese O Vac and you've got problems ahead 

DeKaaskopp | 21 May 2021 - 15:56:55

And still no vaccine in sight for Mr.Kurt.He will be fuming about that.

sesdave | 21 May 2021 - 15:42:49

An article in thaiger today states that expats must register in person (not through any app) with an SS number or passport  at a hospital preferably with their health records. Please advise which information we are to follow  to ensure that we get registered  correctly for a vaccine shot. 


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