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Phuket foreigners to get leftover Sinovac

PHUKET: Foreigners staying in Phuket will be able to register for a state-provided COVID-19 vaccination from tomorrow (June 2), with vaccinations of leftover Sinovac vaccine doses to be rolled out on Thursday and Friday (June 3-4), it was announced today.

By Chutharat Plerin

Tuesday 1 June 2021, 06:09PM

Dr Chalermpong (left) with Mr Pracha at the meeting at Provincial Hall today (June 1). Photo: Chutharat Plerin

Dr Chalermpong (left) with Mr Pracha at the meeting at Provincial Hall today (June 1). Photo: Chutharat Plerin

The news was delivered by Pracha Asawathira, an academic with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (M-DES), who joined Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew for his ‘Governor meets the Media’ press conference at Provincial Hall this morning (June 1).

Mr Pracha in his position with M-DES is involved in the operation of the ‘Phuket Must Win’ web portal [www.ภูเก็ตต้องชนะ.com] for registering in Phuket to receive a state-provided vaccination.

“The registration for foreigners staying in Phuket will open at 9am tomorrow, and about 30,000 foreigners registered in Phuket will be provided Sinovac vaccine injections on June 3 and 4,” Mr Pracha said.

“At this stage, 279,943 people have received their first injection while 98,795 have been fully vaccinated with two injections,” Mr Pracha continued.

“If we compare the numbers with our goal to vaccinate 466,587 people in Phuket, about 59.99% have received their first injection and 21.17% have been fully vaccinated,” he said.

“We also have about 17% of the total number of people registered to receive a vaccination who are still waiting to receive their first injection,” he added.

Mr Pracha said he expected the number of registrations to grow,

“If we receive the doses of vaccine and can manage them as we have planned, we will have about 80% of people vaccinated on the island [by July 1],” he said.

Thai Residential

Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, explained that following the latest round of vaccinations, from May 18-31, a total of 177,978 vaccination injections had been administered.

“We have 29,690 doses of Sinovac remaining from April, and we will provide those doses of vaccine to registered foreigners on June 3 and 4,” he said.

“Right now, there are 22,613 migrant workers [believed to be from neighbouring countries] and 5,758 foreigners [usually meaning Westerners] who have been registered, giving a total of 28,317 [foreigners] in total. 

“To open and welcome vaccinated foreign tourists [from July 1], we – Phuket registered-people, people from other provinces, migrant workers and foreigners – need to step forward together,” Dr Chalermpong said.

“If a new cluster [of infections] occurs in Phuket, we will have problems and be unable to open on July 1. It is so important to provide vaccinations to every group of people and all areas in Phuket,” he said.

Meanwhile, Phuket Immigration Commander Col Thanet Sukchai explained that his officers have so far charged 3,491 foreigners for failure to comply with provincial orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Phuket.

“In May, we had to negotiate with four foreigners who refused to be tested and receive COVID-19 treatment until they agreed to be tested and go through the treatment,” he said.

Phuket Governor Narong noted that his office had coordinated with consuls, honorary consuls and embassy representatives from 25 countries to provide information and public relations to foreign tourists residing in Phuket to comply with the COVID-prevention regulations to jointly prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.

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Observer | 03 June 2021 - 21:23:57

"“We have 29,690 doses of Sinovac remaining from April" - Ok, so they give all of 'em in these days to foreigners. Question: Will they get extra Doses? They have just 8k "leftover" this month, gettin' another 8k leftover next month, by my calculation they are short 13k 2. jabs, next month!

CaptainJack69 | 03 June 2021 - 12:35:17

Thanks Ed. Yes, I saw the AstraZenica article (posted after I submitted my comment). It's just amazing how fast this story keeps changing. When you think about how few of us there are compared to the Thai population it just seems crazy that they don't just vaccinate everyone. We're all human after all.

Keep up the good work.

snowman | 02 June 2021 - 16:01:29

We should all congratulate Governor Woonciew and Mr Pracha from the M-DES for developing and promoting a completely useless website!! And perhaps the Phuket News for their "Foreigners staying in Phuket will be able to register...tomorrow". Really? Have you tried? No, you cannot register and the website has no "Help" function, no contacts, no email address, nothing. Poor perform...

Editor | 02 June 2021 - 14:09:34

Dear CaptainJack69...

Thank you - that info was not available at the time the story was posted yesterday. Please see 'Phuket officials continue to ignore AstraZeneca promise' posted today, before your post below -- Ed

CaptainJack69 | 02 June 2021 - 13:24:45

Here you go PN, I've done your job for you. From ภูเก็ตต้องชนะ@LINE

"The slot selection process will be available on 2 June"
"The vaccination date will be 3-5 June"
"Currently foreigners without a valid work permit are not yet eligible to apply"

This is only for the 5,758 'westerners' with WPs who already registered throug...

CaptainJack69 | 02 June 2021 - 13:23:06

Retirees, spouses, tourists, students, et al. are still being ignored. So a wealthy retiree can’t get vaccinated but can get one for their Phillipino maid.

It was previously reported that they will be able to “register” at any hospital that holds their medical records (what ever that means) from yesterday (June 1st).  There’s yet to be any follow-up to that report. | 02 June 2021 - 12:44:34

If anyone has managed to register for leftovers I would be keen to find out how

CaptainJack69 | 02 June 2021 - 12:41:52

The 'check' page on 'PhuketDtongChana' seems to be for people who have already registered to check their appointment. It's exactly the same page they've been using for Thais (who have a separate link to register). So where/how do we REGISTER?

Christy Sweet | 02 June 2021 - 12:30:08

Whoops, to clarify- AFTER the vaccine is withdrawn from the vial, ask that  needle be changed.  

Christy Sweet | 02 June 2021 - 12:27:50

I would suggest taking your own needle and asking it be used. Once those bottles are punctured, they are no longer sterile, and then after 10 times....yuck.   it will help manage any discomfort or problems where your arm was injected. 

Christy Sweet | 02 June 2021 - 12:19:43

Psst, if you cannot register,   just show up at the sites (double-masked)  passport in hand and if refused, take a video of it to send to your embassy.  

Christy Sweet | 02 June 2021 - 12:08:59

That site is to search for existing appointments and does not allow for  sign-up for old, 10 time punctured, warmed, ' leftover' 58% efficacy Sinovac that REQUIRES the SECOND DOSE 2 - 4 weeks later. Of note; WHO states persons over 60 were not included in trials.  

goldwing | 02 June 2021 - 12:02:29

You can keep your left over Sinocrap, I will wait until real vaccines are available and pay for it

skorchio | 02 June 2021 - 11:50:09

I just tried to register - passport not found. I am not retired, and I have no work permit.

Heinz | 02 June 2021 - 10:58:41

Where can pensioners register without a work permit?
It doesn't work on this app!

JustSomeAlien | 02 June 2021 - 10:53:22

Can Phuket News please follow up on this story as there does not appear to be any option for foreigners without work permits to register for a vaccination. Are the details accurate? Is the link provided the correct access point to register?

Kurt | 02 June 2021 - 10:42:42

Is this the best what Ministry of Digital Economy & Society can come up with a not functioning web portal "Phuket must win" ? Looks more like a fire wall to avoid foreigner Vaccination registration. The misunderstanding excuse will come later, I presume.
The reliable  'functionality' is the same as that of Immigration, etc. Zero. Great Ministry.

Heinz | 02 June 2021 - 10:41:34

Registration does not work today, June 2nd at 10:40 a.m. ... Passport is not recognized

Sandbar | 02 June 2021 - 09:51:39

Thailand will put always put its people first to receive the vaccine. Foriegners living on the the Island were always going to be second to receive it. Your not home now so put up with! 

snowman | 02 June 2021 - 09:48:48

Have tried to register several times. Always comes back "Passport Not Found" Another useless website! Is there a phone number?

Kurt | 02 June 2021 - 09:40:25

Retired, tried to register on the advised site, however my foreign passport number was not recognised.

JustSomeAlien | 02 June 2021 - 09:11:29

After 9AM, attempting to register but my passport number isn't being recognised, I'd say due to the site still requiring a work permit. The site has also become extremely slow, presumably due to thousands of foreigners desperately trying to protect themselves from covid.

Sir Burr | 02 June 2021 - 06:09:40

The WHO has just certified Sinovac, so, that excuse doesn't work anymore.

CaptainJack69 | 01 June 2021 - 22:16:47

In the first paragraph PN says "foreigners will be able to register... from tomorrow" (in line with what we've already been told) but later quotes Dr. Sukontapol saying 5,758 westerners "have been registered". Right now 'PhuketDtongChana' has added a button for foreigners to check their appointment, but not to register for one. I guess we'll find out tomorrow wh...

Kurt | 01 June 2021 - 20:43:08

Are retired here permanent living residents being included too? Why all the announcements of Officialdom always leave room for misunderstandings/questions/being incomplete?


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