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New expat jab registration website opens Sunday

New expat jab registration website opens Sunday

BANGKOK: A new registration site for COVID-19 vaccinations is scheduled to open today (Aug 1) for expatriates across the country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday.


By Bangkok Post

Sunday 1 August 2021, 10:28AM


NOTE: Phuket officials have not confirmed whether or not expats living in Phuket may register through the new nationwide portal expatvac.consular.go.th.

In previous attempts to provide COVID vaccinations to foreign residents throughout the country, Phuket officials have maintained the foreigners living in Phuket must register through the PhuketMustWin.com web portal (www.ภูเก็ตต้องชนะ.com) in order to receive a COVID vaccination in Phuket.


The site, expatvac.consular.go.th, is scheduled to go live at 11am, ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat said on his Twitter account on Saturday evening, reports the Bangkok Post.

It will offer registrations “for expats of all ages in all provinces who still have not been vaccinated to date”, added deputy spokesman Natapanu Nopakun in another tweet.

No details were available on the timeline for appointments or what vaccines would be available. The free vaccines provided by the government so far have been from Sinovac and AstraZeneca.

However, authorities have been ordering other vaccines for delivery later this year and into next year. In the near term, 150,000 out of the 1.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses donated this week by the United States would be reserved for expats who are elderly or are suffering from one of seven underlying conditions, along with pregnant women, and Thai nationals planning to go abroad such as students.

Internal - Phuket News TV

The government has said from the outset of its vaccination campaign that everyone living in the country, Thai and foreign, is entitled to free jabs. And while obtaining a shot, either by registering online or at a walk-in centre, has been a hit-and-miss affair for many, about 20% of the people in the country have now received at least one dose.

The new Expatvac registration site is the second attempt to help foreign residents get inoculated. An earlier site, Thailandintervac, was only able to offer a limited number of appointments at a handful of hospitals in Bangkok before it went dormant.

Some foreigners in Bangkok were able to take advantage of vaccinations arranged earlier this month on less than a day’s notice through several embassies, with a window for registration of only a few hours.

Outside of the capital region, the registration process varies from province to province but in many cases expats are reporting successes.

In Prachuap Khiri Khan, for example, Hua Hin Hospital has won plaudits for the system it developed to help foreigners use the provincial vaccination portal Mor Prachuap Prom. The site requires a 13-digit ID number, but foreigners can easily obtain one in a few minutes by visiting a registration desk at the hospital.

Staff will note their passport details and then give them a 13-digit number that can be used to make a booking on the site.

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DeKaaskopp | 02 August 2021 - 16:01:23

@Kurt ! So many expats on Phuket got their first jab already. But you of all people can't get one ? For sure not a coincidence !

Kurt | 02 August 2021 - 10:22:25

@JohnC. Congratulations with first jab. I did the same as you, and still daily read "Fully booked' with red letters. Well, we shall say one of the many unexplainable  thai happenings.

JohnC | 02 August 2021 - 09:14:37

@kurt.  Two Australians and counting. I went on the Phuket must win web portal one time, filled in my details, within half an hour I had a reply with choice of dates and locations I could go to. Made my choice and have received my first jab already. A simple easy process without hiccups that should be idiot proof, even to you.

Kurt | 02 August 2021 - 02:34:36

@maverick, hold your horses. The systems are struggling among themselves. My register attempts were just internet wise, not personal. 1Ste time I went to Immigration they had no clue. 2Nd time, helpful, and I was told dozens came by already with same problem. Still not vaccinated. You just talk about 1 lucky Australian.

Christy Sweet | 01 August 2021 - 23:31:58

I got registered  or so I got notified, let's see. Ugh that sexist titling BS Miss or Mrs-why is it considered  acceptable for only women to have their marital status denoted by titling? I checked Master !!

Christy Sweet | 01 August 2021 - 23:00:07

It's Sunday,  no one has had time to go to Immigration  and this site ONLY came online 11 am today, but by all means continue to troll if  it makes you feel superior in some pathetic way.  

CaptainJack69 | 01 August 2021 - 13:30:33

Why is it that even when they're making something specifically and exclusively in English the Thais still can't reduce themselves to getting someone who actually speaks the language to proof read it? "Email already taken"? What on earth is that supposed to mean?

maverick | 01 August 2021 - 13:18:51

Kurt and Christy must be to two unluckiest farang in Phuket - even the one Aussie I know who struggled with system sorted it out after a visit to helpful immig folks in Phuket Town....amazing what happens when you ask nicely...good luck 

Kurt | 01 August 2021 - 12:25:30

Tried registering new nation wide vaccination site. My email address taken , but with a error report. Also checked again my registration on PhuketMustWin.com and got reply: "  ==Fully Booked== ".  "== Full every round or not yet open the foreign round==".  Is there than really nothing what cyber wise a bit normal works in Thailand?

Christy Sweet | 01 August 2021 - 12:05:03

Great news as today I turn 60 but, whoops-"email already taken," as are the other 2 I tried to enter. That pesky TM-29 problem again or more incompetence in programming? 

 

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