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Phuket asks to vaccinate 12- to 18-year-olds

Phuket asks to vaccinate 12- to 18-year-olds

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Government and the Tourism Ministry have together filed a request for doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be given to people in Phuket who are 12-18 years old, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has confirmed.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 3 August 2021, 06:52PM

“There are about 58,000 people who are 12-18 years old. The Phuket Governor [Narong Woonciew] and I have already filed a request to the subcommittee of the CCSA [Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration],” Mr Phiphat said at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Aug 2).

“The Prime Minister has already acknowledged the request,” he added.

“The request also includes the vaccine doses to be given as the ‘third’ dose for Phuket people. However, the request will be discussed again at a meeting of the main CCSA committee later,” Mr Phiphat said..

The move to have teenagers in Phuket vaccinated follows the state mass vaccination campaign in Phuket grinding to a halt, with very little progress over the past month.

It was not confirmed which vaccine was requested with which to vaccinate Phuket’s teenagers.


Mr Phiphat, who is staying in Phuket for 14 days after returning from the Olympics in Tokyo, also gave his appraisal of the performance of the Phuket Sandbox, which has been open to foreign tourists for a month since launching on July 1.

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“More than 14,000 tourists have come to Phuket, and only less than 1% of them have tested positive and received treatment on the island. The percentage is considered very low,” he said.

“So according to that, the Phuket Sandbox will continue. However, we need to make sure that the opening will boost the island’s economy and make people happy, and worry less about infection,” he added.

Leading Phuket tourism business figure Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, President of Phuket Tourist Association, also joined the meeting and explained that the number of Sandbox tourists in July was only 1% of the number of tourists that arrived during July before the pandemic. 

“We have about 400-450 tourists coming to the island each day, while we used to have about 43,000 tourists coming per day before the pandemic happened,” Mr Bhummikitti said. 

“We consider the number as an interesting starting point because we never expected to have a very high number of tourists coming, as it may increase the risk of infection on the island,” he said.

“After this, the percentage will gradually increase to 2, 3, 10 or 20% [of pre-pandemic figures],” Mr Bhummikitti added.

“I like to think of Phuket Sandbox as a shop that has three shareholders: officials, the private sector and the people. If we all agree to keep the shop open, then the shop will stay open,” he said.

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DeKaaskopp | 06 August 2021 - 14:27:24

...yourself why so many western countries do have an advantage when it comes to providing vaccines. Because they were simply preferred by the big pharma companies. Now in some western countries they throw away outdated vaccines too. Stop sinking into self pity and just wait until you finally get a jab.  Or fly home to get your long awaited jab !

DeKaaskopp | 06 August 2021 - 14:16:55

Kurt stop your moaning about 2nd class foreigners.Thailand doesn't even have enough vaccines for his own citizens. Millions of Thai's still waiting to get a jab,so why should you get one before them.Countries like Germany right now do have more vaccines than they need because their own people do not want get vaccinated.  And if you would be a little bit more intelligent you should ask your...

Kurt | 06 August 2021 - 08:13:39

... Now Germany follows, after reading about that 12-18 yrs THAI vaccine story of Governor. It send now vaccines for all Germans on Phuket I was told yesterday. Several foreign countries are very unhappy the way their citizens are treated as 2nd class by Thailand. They didn't do that to Thai nationals in their countries, there all Thai 'guests' are vaccinated.

Kurt | 06 August 2021 - 08:00:18

After reading the intention to vaccinate 12-18 yrs old THAI, I went again to Immigration info desk 2nd floor. A foreign tourist police checked my registering and told me that 'Fully booked' means .. ''we have not enough vaccines, and we do all THAI first.. France didn't wait, already sent vaccines to Phuket in June for all French living here (J&J). Now Germany follows, deci...

Kurt | 05 August 2021 - 05:32:38

@DaveC, yes, that is correct. Previously I wrote here already that I went to Phuket Town Immigration on 2nd floor. Immigration has done their part in this. My registration was correct, I just have to 'wait', according Immigration. Thanks for your suggestion anyway. Appreciated.

Christy Sweet | 04 August 2021 - 12:39:40

The PMW web site currently informs the viewer to 'contact' (visit) Immigration if the registration is not processed within 24 hours so I would suggest the PMW site is on hold, pending the new national registry which  I was able to enroll in and got a confirmation email for- awaiting appointment scheduling.  

Kamala Pete | 04 August 2021 - 11:40:22

"Make people happy - Worry less about infection" ???   OMG

Dave_C | 04 August 2021 - 11:32:59

Kurt - you need to go Immigration 2nd floor and ask for a reset of your details and complete the application again very carefully. In particular, select the non immigrant visa option if you have a retirement visa. The "fully booked" message is jinglish and all it really means that your details have been fully accepted but it seems highly likely to me that you have made a mistake in your ...

GerryT81 | 04 August 2021 - 11:17:18

Reg.Curfew ! I have to correct myself ! No curfew at the moment. I did fall for another fake news spreader ! Sorry !

JohnC | 04 August 2021 - 09:54:54

@kurt. Maybe if you filled in the form properly in correct English you would get a positive result like so many of us have already. Simple process made difficult by your own incompetence.

GerryT81 | 04 August 2021 - 09:07:43

..boost the island's economy and make people happy.  ???  Lol ! They do everything to destroy the economy here and make locals and sandbox tourists more unhappy. Now we even get a curfew on Phuket !  

[Although there are many restrictions in Phuket right now, The Phuket News is unaware of any curfew in place on the island -- Ed]

maverick | 04 August 2021 - 08:32:59

Kurt@dust down your school uniform

Kurt | 04 August 2021 - 04:23:01

Starting a next phase in the vaccination process? How is that possible as long I keep reading in that I, FOREIGN RETIREE, can't yet get vaccinated due to "FULLY BOOKED" as daily message to me is.


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