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Phuket expats will be vaccinated, officials confirm

Phuket expats will be vaccinated, officials confirm

PHUKET: Expats throughout Phuket will be offered COVID vaccinations under the government’s mass-vaccination rollout now underway in Phuket, a leading Phuket official confirmed today (Mar 31).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 31 March 2021, 06:55PM

The new online form to register to receive a COVID vaccination was launched today (Mar 31). Image: PPHO

The new online form to register to receive a COVID vaccination was launched today (Mar 31). Image: PPHO

Dr Chalermpong, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town, delivered the news during a press conference broadcast live online earlier today.

As director of the island’s leading government hospital on the island, Dr Chalermpong is a key member of the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee, which is responsible for drafting and implementing all COVID-19 policies in Phuket.

“In April and May, we will receive Sinovac vaccines while in June, we will receive Astrazeneca, which can be provided to those who are older than 60 years old,” Dr Chalermpong said.

“To be clear, at this stage, all people on the island who are older than 18 years old but younger than 60 years old are eligible to be vaccinated, including people registered as living in Phuket, those who are from other provinces, and foreigners,” he added. 

“The first 100,000 doses of vaccine [to be delivered ‘in April’] will be provided to people registered as living in Phuket and workers in the tourism industry who are from other provinces,” Dr Chalermpong explained.

“Workers in other industries and expats [sic] will be vaccinated in the following lot,” he said.

Of note, the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) today launched a new online form for people to apply to be vaccinated under the government rollout.

In its post announcing the new form, which is still in Thai-language only, the PPHO noted, “For people over 60 years old, register in May”.

People with further queries were asked to call 094-5935342 or 094-5938876.


During the live broadcast today, Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong urged people to not approach any hospitals or government offices asking to register in person.

“For those who may not have a smartphone and want to walk-in and register face to face, please calm down and wait first, as at this stage, we are working on online registration only,” he said. 

“From tomorrow on [Apr 1], please keep following up on this. I will find a chance to clarify about this later,” he added.



Vice Governor Piyapong also called for all tourism business operators to register their staff to be vaccinated so they can get priority in the vaccination rollout.

“All people have to work and cooperate together to accomplish our goal, which is to vaccinate about 70% of our people. For the [next] 50,000 people to be vaccinated, we need cooperation from operators and connections to call their workers to be vaccinated,” he said. 

“We need representatives from businesses to collect their staff names to be vaccinated. We have some operators registered, but the number of workers is still far from the total number of vaccines we will receive,” he said. 

Worrapol Uengsakul, one of the officials tasked with overseeing the online registration, said that the immediate priority were two groups: people working in Phuket’s tourism industry, and people registered as living in Phuket.

“The first group is tourism operators ‒ hotels, tour operators, activities operators, department stores. They must register under the name of a company registered in Phuket. HR staff [human resources] have to collect their workers’ details and submit the list of names via the site,” he said.

A special form has been made available for business operators to submit their details, he added. (See here.)

“HR staff have to register as a member of the site first, then download an Excel file, add staff information, and submit the list to the site,” Mr Worrapol explained. 

“The second group is those who are registered as living in Phuket. The registration system opened from 10am today,” he said.

Again, a special form just for registered Phuket residents to complete has been made available, he added. (See here.)

“The form for Phuket-registered people is similar to the Google Form that the PPHO used to open for registration earlier. Those who had registered through the previous form do not have to do it again, as we have already collected the names and added them to our site,” Mr Worrapol said. 

“At this stage, about 700 operators have been registered with about 20,000 workers to be vaccinated,” he added. 

“For questions, please add our Line account by searching @155lmkob,” he added.

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skip | 06 April 2021 - 07:02:05

galong, go to the CDC historical archives and search the stats, it takes perseverance but what an eye opener for me. by the way, polio was an epidemic and not a pandemic. polio is now conveniently rebadged as AFP and is rife in africa due to OPV vaccine as openly admitted by WHO.
since 1963 measles is on the increase due to shedding and vaccine waning, CDC and WHO data. i am just the messenger.

Galong | 04 April 2021 - 14:31:32

Skip, "all historical pandemics show that natural herd immunity is acquired through exposure and antibodies being acquired" OK, how was Polio eradicated? Google search: "how was polio eradicated" will supply the answer. Hint: vaccine.

Search: "how was measles eradicated"  Need a hint?

skip | 04 April 2021 - 05:26:45

galong, how can herd immunity be achieved by wearing a mask and social distancing ? frankly the opposite will occur. the vaccine wont create herd immunity, thats a given when we know the low efficacy stats which were dubiously acquired using a cohort of people under 50 in perfect health. god help johnny bag of doughnuts with diabetes and heart disease.

skip | 04 April 2021 - 05:11:03

correct galong, even if the sheeple are 100% vaccinated, all covid restrictions will stay in stated in the official WHO press release which was ignored by all media outlets...censorship by omission. the vaccine is pointless. all historical pandemics show that natural herd immunity is acquired through exposure and antibodies being acquired. 

Galong | 03 April 2021 - 20:15:56

Skip, because vaccines are not 100% effective especially some of the vaccines like Sinovac. The combination of mask, social distancing, and vaccines are the best prevention AND the way to achieve herd immunity. Measles is gone mainly because of herd immunity. It can come back though.

LALALA | 03 April 2021 - 20:15:38

Good question skip....LOL

skip | 03 April 2021 - 16:08:34

galong, one question...why would anyone who has been vaccinated be concerned about whether they mix with the unvaccinated ? secondly, a published peer reviewed scientific  phenomenon called shedding is when a person who is vaccinated is contagious for 14 days after being vaccinated. most measles outbreaks are caused by shedding as those tested had the lab vax version not WM1 or WM2..wild measles. 

LALALA | 03 April 2021 - 06:57:58

100 percent agree with you Kurt, they want the dollars so they should adapt.

Kurt | 03 April 2021 - 00:33:56

@ Pascale, No, I not read/write Thai, as most foreigners here not do. The Thai are desperate for having the foreign tourists back. Presently on Phuket living foreigners contribute voluntarily a lot to locals now during this virus time. More than Thai government does.  
That speaks enough. At least a bit respect/appreciation like writing english vaccination application form can be done.

Galong | 02 April 2021 - 16:39:31

Two points: 1st, learn basic computer skills! It's dead easy to translate a page into English.  

2nd, I hope the government places strict bans on anti-vaccers. Don't allow anyone who isn't vaccinated to go into crowded areas. I think it's pretty safe to assume that a lot of anti-vaccers are also anti-mask. 

Christy Sweet | 02 April 2021 - 15:42:45

Not that I have any interest in exposing myself to  either vaccine, but is not registration available on a web site or just the "app" thingy which apparently only works on an internet enabled phone?  

Pascale | 02 April 2021 - 15:28:04

@Kurt  As a long time expat why are you still not capable of reading/writing or even speaking Thai ? To lazy ?  At least you should be capable to find someone to fill out the form for you among your many Thai friends.

Kurt | 02 April 2021 - 12:03:28

What is so difficult for Thai Officialdom to write the form you have to download in english as well? What is that constant insular resistance emotion against everything what is not thai? Except the money of foreigners, of course.

mgb | 02 April 2021 - 05:51:27

English news paper giving a link to something wrote in Thai. Duh!!!

Heinz | 01 April 2021 - 16:58:22

Astrazeneca for over 60s is not due to come to Phuket until June. The second vaccination should take place after 12 weeks ... so it will be October for the sandbox

maverick | 01 April 2021 - 10:20:17

So presumably they are working on an on line form in English be nice if the Phuket News were to clarify that rather than just repeating statements 

John Paul Jones | 01 April 2021 - 09:33:44

Suspect govt has made registration too hard to jab 50,000 people in Phuket


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