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Phuket business leaders appeal ban on independent sourcing of COVID vaccine

Phuket business leaders appeal ban on independent sourcing of COVID vaccine

PHUKET: Key leaders of Phuket business associations have filed a joint request addressed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to reconsider the ban on local administrations and private businesses from buying Thai-government-approved vaccinations for COVID-19.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 11 February 2021, 03:53PM

Phuket Chamber of Commerce President Thanusak Phungdet and Phuket Tourist Association President Bhummikitti Ruktaengam together handed the formal request to Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew yesterday (Feb 10).

Present to witness the handing over of the formal request were representatives of 12 other business and trade associations, representing the Thailand Hotels Association Southern chapter, the Phuket Real Estate Association, the Patong Hotel Association, the Kata-Karon Hotel Association, Phuket City Development Co Ltd (PKCD), the Phuket Boutique Hotel Association, the Health & Wellness Phuket Spa Association, Andaman Guide Association, the Private Educational Association of Phuket and the Phuket Travel Agents Association. 

Also present on behalf of the Phuket Provincial Government to receive the formal request were Phuket Vice Governors Phichet Panaphong and Piyapong Choowong.

Governor Narong said the formal request would be forwarded to the Office of the Ombudsman.

The request was filed after the Department of Local Administration  issued an order on Monday (Feb 8) to clarify that local administrations and private-sector organisations cannot currently purchase or distribute COVID-19 vaccines by themselves. 

“In the first stage, only the central government can purchase, manage and distribute the vaccines under the vaccine management plan, in order to distribute to the targeted group of people and be able to follow up on their symptoms after being injected,” the order stated.

“Consequently, at this stage, we do not permit private sector and local administrations to directly purchase the vaccine from the producers,” it added.


“We want them to reconsider and allow Phuket local administrative organisations [municipalities and OrBorTor] and the private sector to be able to directly purchase COVID-19 vaccine from producers,” Mr Thanusak said.

“So that our tourism and economic situation will recover this year, as we plan to welcome foreign tourists in October under the project #PhuketFirstOctober,” he added.

Patong Municipality, Phuket City Municipality and Chalong Municipality last month all confirmed their intent to independently source COVID-19 vaccinations in order to vaccinate all people registered as living in their areas.

Leading representatives of key Phuket industry and trade organisations have together pushed for reopening Phuket to foriegn tourists come Oct 1 as a way to help restart the island’s economy, which is heavily dependent on tourism.

The plan relies on at least 70% of the island’s population being vaccinated for COVID-19.

Without any form of restarting the island’s economy, many more people are expected to see their incomes plunge below the poverty line.

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skip | 12 February 2021 - 00:14:47

All vaccine manufacturers are legally not liable for death or injury from the vaccine. LAW 42 code 300 a-22 brought in on 01-10-1988. This was a dream like scenario for the vaccine manufacturers and recipe for disaster. Now most vaccines are tested for only 14 days on up to 50 people and then licenced. Covid vaccine has a restricted licence as it is a 2 year experiment quoted by the US NLH

skip | 12 February 2021 - 00:02:01

as per WHO press release which the media refuses to air. the vaccine does not guarantee immunity and will likely cause virus transmission due to virus shedding after innoculation.
social distancing, face masks, restricted travel, restrictions of any kinds and lock downs will not be lifted. they are here to stay regardless.

Wolfgang0815 | 11 February 2021 - 21:09:24

Would be great to know whether there is a possibility to get this vaccine somewhere in Thailand, even if I have to pay for. There is no reason why they don´t allow at least this. Paid vaccination will not limit the availability of vaccines for the locals and it does not limit any information about side effects or efficiency, as the other option farangs at the moment have is no vaccination

cpfleger | 11 February 2021 - 20:54:18



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