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Phuket divided on taking COVID vaccine: Poll

Phuket divided on taking COVID vaccine: Poll

PHUKET: People living in Phuket or with an otherwise vested interest in the island are divided over whether or not they would take a COVID vaccine at this stage, according to responses to an online poll conducted by The Phuket News.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 21 February 2021, 09:00AM

With Phuket amid a big push to attract domestic tourists to the island and the call by all major Phuket businesses associations, not just tourism industry representatives, for the island to re-open to international visitors from Oct 1, all eyes are turning to COVID vaccinations as Phuket’s big hope to restart the island’s economy.

As such, while recognising that many factors affect the decision, The Phuket News launched an online poll on Feb 10 asking the simple question: “Would you take a COVID vaccine?”

The poll closed at midnight on Friday night (Feb 19).

Overall, 28% of respondents voted an outright “Yes” to taking a COVID vaccine, and a further 28% voted “It depends on the vaccine”.

The remaining 43% voted an outright “No” to taking a COVID vaccine.

Of the 28.47% respondents who voted “Yes”, 10.88% were Thai nationals, 67.36% were local expatriate residents and 21.76% were foreign visitors to Phuket.

Among the 43.36% who voted “No” 49.32% were Thai nationals, 39.46% were local expatriate residents and 11.22% foreign visitors to Phuket.

Hanging in the balance were those who voted “It depends on which vaccine” (28.17%), of whom 15.18% were Thai nationals, 74.87% were local expatriate residents and the remaining 9.95% were foreign visitors to Phuket.

By demographic, of the Thai nationals who took part in the poll 10.77% voted “Yes” and 14.87% voted “It depends on which vaccine”, but a huge 74.36% voted a plain “No”.

Of those who marked themselves as “Local expatriate residents”, 33.42% voted “Yes”, 29.82% voted “No” and the remaining 36.76% voted “It depends on which vaccine”.

Of those who entered the poll as a “foreign visitor to Phuket”, 44.68% voted “Yes” to taking a COVID vaccine, 35.11% voted “No” to taking a vaccine and the remaining 20.21% voted “It depends on which vaccine”.

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skip | 24 February 2021 - 18:51:18

lalala, re: covid deaths. in america the CDC fessed up and issued a formal press statement stating 94% of the approx 290,000 deaths were not from covid but from multiple pre existing co morbidities. they died after being diagnosed positive and not from covid and many were diagnosed on symptoms only. the media knew this and ignored it as it doesnt suit the narrative. fear, fear and more fear.

chris007 | 23 February 2021 - 23:36:03

WHO press release states that after inoculation the person will shed the virus ( be infectious ) for 2-3 weeks. 
you wont see that press release on tv.  prediction: next will be a third shot then another round for the variant, then another round as it has waned, then another round because the pooffle valve is faulty, it will never end.

chris007 | 23 February 2021 - 23:25:50

well done phuket gazette for showing the data from your online poll which shows what the people are thinking. the usual mainstream media"s mantra is dont let the people know what the people are thinking. many unbiased polls are getting similar data. we are not living in a democracy. it is a created illusion and thinking we have freedom of choice is also an illusion.

Jim99 | 22 February 2021 - 18:07:22

There is evidence that two doses of the vaccine provides a much stronger defence than catching Covid. Also evidence that the vaccine greatly reduces the transmission to others. Significantly there has been a spectacular reduction in those catching it needing hospital treatment. Kurt’s comments are spot on.

Jim99 | 22 February 2021 - 18:06:58

An extremely small number have had a severe reaction; this was expected and they have all recovered. There is a lot of effort going into researching and studying how it is working. Many have had Covid twice and natural immunity seems to only last only a few months.

Jim99 | 22 February 2021 - 18:06:24

I’m stuck in the UK unable to get to my second Phuket home. Since Dec there have been over 16 million vaccinated here with a similar population to Thailand. The take-up is high with over 90% of all the over 70s vaccinated. Many have a reaction lasting a couple of days, but as one who spent his working life being vaccinated I know that is normal. 

LALALA | 22 February 2021 - 07:04:51

....most people infected, far over 90 percent re asymptomatic or have mild symptoms only, they require not any treatment. No need to vaccinate them or lock down whole economies, despite the fact that the latter does not impact me.

LALALA | 22 February 2021 - 06:59:55

The study was executed by the chief coroner of the city of Hamburg in cooperation with the UKE which is the most reputable hospital in the city. They checked every single covid death which  occurred in Hamburg in 2020... and yes the Pharma industry makes more money with vaccines, simply because they not prevent from anything. People who are not in the risk group - and this is the majority....

cpfleger | 21 February 2021 - 22:24:43

"Because you make more money with mass vaccination programs than, suits the Pharma industry very well." 
Biggest BS* I have read for a long time! Are U Donald T.? They make way more money with drugs fighting but not with preventing illness. 
And oh yeah "a recent study" - sure, buddy, maybe U wanna share UR serious source of study? And maybe U wanna take over a few shifts at ...

Galong | 21 February 2021 - 17:16:13

I should have known better than to scroll down to the comment section where the scientifically illiterate plebeians reside.  Oh yes, this is a global conspiracy that every government around the world is in on... rolling eyes.

Christy Sweet | 21 February 2021 - 16:07:52

I would not take any vaccine as none have been tested enough  and will  likely  be rendered useless by emerging variants. But I'm OK  staying in complete isolation on my ranch  except for double masked up grocery  runs.  Thailand had this under control but chose to coddle capitalists to whom money is more important than health.  

Christy Sweet | 21 February 2021 - 16:01:59

There are treatments, several of which are in my  fridge right now, Dexamethasone  and  Invermectin,  both used  on my horses. And of course my secret viral cure which has never failed. (hint, simply change the polarity of the particles..)

maverick | 21 February 2021 - 15:05:37

I am surprised that PN allow you to spout this nonsense and conspiracy theories  

CaptainJack69 | 21 February 2021 - 12:35:56

Well, maybe the anti-vaxers haven't noticed but Phuket is in severe difficulty. Not just the little guys now major shopping malls are closing. Without vaccinations eventually everything will be gone. Sure the beaches will be nice but what happens without hospitals, schools, supermarkets? Where will they spout their conspiracy theory nonsense when the Phuket News is gone?

LALALA | 21 February 2021 - 12:12:05

... by the way, has anybody thought about to develop a treatment for covid 19 ? Because you make more money with mass vaccination programs than, suits the Pharma industry very well.

LALALA | 21 February 2021 - 12:04:56

...vaccination comes with severe side effects, that's why in some areas in Europe vaccination is on hold. Vaccines are not properly tested and the pharma industry with help of the corrupt WHO is using the world population as guinea pigs supported by obedient mainstream media exaggerating numbers. The chance of dying from Covid 19 is considerable lower than get killed in a traffic accident in L...

LALALA | 21 February 2021 - 12:00:56

The poll result shows that people are obviously not as stupid as I thought. For what get vaccinated ? A recent study in Germany showed that around 20percent of death labeled as covid 19 death died with but not because of covid 19. 3 from 4 covid death were older than 76 years old while the average age of death was 84. Most death had several underlying conditions and 25 percent were obese.....

Kurt | 21 February 2021 - 09:31:26

The poll outcome is disappointing, specially seen the dramatic lowering infection rate in countries were a lot of vaccinating takes place. The more people get vaccinated, the more herd immunity occurs as well. Want recovery of tourism? Than Thailand has to start vaccinating now. The longer it takes, the longer no foreign tourism recovery.


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