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Phuket foreigners to get Sinovac

PHUKET: Foreigners in Phuket who have registered through the Phuket Must Win web portal to receive a state-provided COVID-19 vaccination will receive the Sinovac vaccine, and will be vaccinated on one day, May 30, the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior has announced.

By The Phuket News

Monday 24 May 2021, 05:52PM

The post confirming that foreigners are to receive Sinovac vaccination injections on May 30. Screenshot: Official COVID-19 Information Center Phuket  / Facebook

The post confirming that foreigners are to receive Sinovac vaccination injections on May 30. Screenshot: Official COVID-19 Information Center Phuket / Facebook

Foreigners also have just over 24 hours to choose their preferred venue and time for receiving their vaccination injection.

The news was announced Official COVID-19 Information Center Phuket Facebook page (click here), operated by the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, which brands its existence as “to prevent fake news or panic news”, at 2:23pm today (May 24).

Of note, the post was in English, and reads as follows (verbatim*):

If you are foreigners who are legitimately working in Phuket and are comply with these following requirements. You are eligible for the vaccination (Sinovac vaccine) on 30th May 2021.

- Business Visa / SMART visa 

- Work Permit

- Your employer (a person, company or an organisation) must be registered & located in Phuket. 

Please contact your employer to register their entity on (ภูเก็ตต้องชนะ) within 25th May 2020. Ask the employer to enrol you and fill in your information on this website. In addition, you must choose the time slot and vaccine center venue within that date as well.


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At the time of this report being posted online, the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket), which usually posts such notices at the same time, had yet to post any notice regarding the vaccination of foreigners with the Sinovac vaccine on May 30.

The news follows officials, including the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO), repeatedly confirming that foreigners will receive their vaccinations in June, after the first shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine doses arrives.

“Vaccination will start from June, and the vaccine to be injected will be AstraZeneca only,” the PPHO had previously assured.

The move to vaccinate anyone on May 30 also flies in the face of the mass vaccination plan explained by Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, just five days ago.

“During May 18-28, we will give the Sinovac vaccine as the first injection to 200,000 people.

“During June 1-10, we will give the AstraZeneca vaccine to 150,000 people, including elders who are older than 60 years,” he said.

“The last day of mass vaccinations in Phuket will be on June 24. We will have more than 70% of people vaccinated and have achieved herd immunity, so that we can welcome vaccinated tourists,” Dr Chalermpong said.

That announcement came during a live broadcast online chaired by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew.

* Special characters have been omitted only because of formatting issues on our website

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Christy Sweet | 29 May 2021 - 09:28:15

That's true about Crap O Vac and severe illness -after the second dose- on the common strains. The crap part is a 58 % efficacy  in preventing transmission, and that may fall to about 11% on the India variant. To begin reopening  while using it along with delayed second dosing is madness.

ematt | 29 May 2021 - 08:34:47

I wish people would read the scientific literature on Sinovac (but maybe that is asking too much from this Facebook addicted crowd). In fact it is every bit as effective as the other vaccines at preventing severe illness and death. There is no evidence of any severe side effects. It is a traditional “dead virus” vaccine, same as your annual flu shot. 

Kamala Pete | 27 May 2021 - 14:31:41

Farang retirees are now feeling a bit like the christians waiting for the lions to be let into the arena ! If the plans to let tourists have the run of the island in July actually happen then what do they think might happen to the elderly, unvaccinated retirees? Amongst the most vulnerable, we have been dumped to the end of the queue.  Will the 90 day report become the 90 day proof- of-life ?

CaptainJack69 | 25 May 2021 - 13:10:35

Still waiting for those work permit figures PN. Why not go and ask the labour office exactly how many WP's there actually are still in renewed status on Phuket? I can tell you for free it's a tiny fraction of what it was before March 2021. Handy way to keep the numbers down while pretending to be fair. It's not like Thais have to prove they're employed in order to qualify.

Dave_C | 25 May 2021 - 12:08:11

Quote "In addition, you must choose the time slot and vaccine center venue within that date as well."

What use is that ???

Website only accepts Thai ID's for booking appointments !!!!!!!

Becoming farcical.

Kurt | 25 May 2021 - 11:05:40

I need to go 'home country' in September. If by than not fully vaccinated I go not-vaccinated as over there they not accept Sinovac, and a 4 months interval AstraZeneca doesn't work out time wise. They here really mess up with vaccinating. Every day different thinking, different paper work programs/policies. Change after change, causing more delays.

lelecuneo | 25 May 2021 - 08:34:02

great so then we cannot back home as sinovac it is not recognized  in EU..... 

Christy Sweet | 24 May 2021 - 22:29:11

Gosh, whatever reason could they have for wanting to dose all the 'farang' in one sitting? One shipment that sat on a tarmac too long?  I would stay as far away from that stunt as possible. In fact I refuse to be vaccinated with Sinovac. I also refuse any other vaccine  by the  Thai govt  as I have no idea when I might get the necessary second dose. I'll wait for private hospitals and ...

abbisman | 24 May 2021 - 21:19:50

You know what is the funny part of this story?
If you are a foreigner working in Thailand (like a teacher for example) and you wish to wait for a better vaccine or pay for a better one, forget it!
Now you MUST be vaccinated within June and before going back to work, which means that you are inevitably forced to accept the Sinovac, otherwise you will be simply fired and not allowed to work anymor

Fascinated | 24 May 2021 - 19:31:29

Good luck with that one- no one wants the Chinese Sugar Water. What are they going to do- forcibly inject people? Even the PM jumped the AZ queue- maybe he's smarter than we think! As for the 24 Jun date I call bull puckey- no way will they be at 70%. Stand by for a 'mis-understanding'.


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