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Phuket marks 14 COVID infections in past week, vaccinations hit 80%

Phuket marks 14 COVID infections in past week, vaccinations hit 80%

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily report for yesterday (June 28) marked three new COVID infections on the island, bringing the total number of people infected in Phuket since Apr 3 to 723.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 29 June 2021, 12:13PM


A man receives a COVID vaccination injection at the Indoor Sports Stadium in Saphan Hin. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

A man receives a COVID vaccination injection at the Indoor Sports Stadium in Saphan Hin. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Of note, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has now outlined its key criteria for its Phuket Sandbox ‘contingency plan’, in case COVID infections start spiralling upward after the reopening of the province to foreign visitors this Thursday (July 1).

Among the key criteria for “reviewing” the Sandbox policy, which include cancelling the project altogether, is if there are more than 90 infections across the island within seven days.

As such, Phuket has recorded in total 14 new infections past seven days, as follows:

  • June 28 - 3 new cases, total 723
  • June 27 - 0 new cases, total 720
  • June 26 - 1 new case, total 720
  • June 25 - 3 new cases, 1 death, total 719
  • June 24 - 2 new cases, total 716
  • June 23 - 2 new caess, total 714
  • June 22 - 3 new cases, total 712

Other criteria for revising the Phuket Sandbox policy of allowing vaccinated foreign tourists into Phuket without mandatory quarantine, other than having to remain on the island for 14 nights, include if there are characteristics of a spread of infection in all three districts in the province and more than six sub-districts, if there are outbreaks in more than three clusters, or a widespread outbreak with no cause or link, or if at least 80% of the number of beds available for infected patients.

The criteria for “revising” the Sandbox reopening measures were formalised in a provincial order issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew last Friday (June 25).

According to the order, the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office must develop a response plan and a plan to delay or cancel the project. There will be four levels of adjustment measures as follows:

  • Reduce activities
  • Execute the action plan to support the situation (Sealed Route)
  • Quarantine measures within the Hotel Quarantine
  • Review the end of the Phuket Sandbox project

According to the PPHO daily report for yesterday (June 28), the 723 cases do not include six people infected in other provinces and two people infected abroad.

Of the cases recognised since Apr 3, 680 have been released from hospital care while 44 patients remain under medical care and supervision.

The PPHO report for yesterday included an updated map showing the locations of infections on Phuket, as follows:

  • Wichit -  86 infections
  • Phuket Town - 80
  • Patong - 77
  • Rassada - 65
  • Kathu - 55
  • Chalong - 46
  • Rawai - 46
  • Cherng Talay - 45
  • Srisoonthorn - 37
  • Thepkrasattri - 36
  • Kamala - 33
  • Koh Kaew - 27
  • Karon - 31
  • Pa Khlok - 10
  • Mai Khao - 9
  • Sakhu - 9

MASS VACCINATIONS HIT 80% OF TARGET

The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) has reported that as of yesterday (June 28) 80% of the target 466,587 people in Phuket to be vaccinated have received at least one vaccination injection.

The report for yesterday marked that 374,631 had received one vaccination injection and that 298,320 people in Phuket had received two vaccination injections (64% of the 466,587 target).

The target of 466,587 people in Phuket to be vaccinated has long been reported by officials as 70% of the island’s full population, which must be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity, and has been marked as a critical requirement for reopening the island to receiving foreign tourists on July 1, though no officials have been emphasising that point in the past few weeks.

As of yesterday, PR Phuket reported that 426,894 people had registered to be vaccinated (91.49% of the 466,587 target), a shortfall of 39,693 people needing to be vaccinated before Thursday (July 1).

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Christy Sweet | 03 July 2021 - 09:39:44

To suggest authorities would prevent people from getting a vaccine because of their opinions is a bad an insult as it gets- equating them to petty tyrants.  

Dave_C | 02 July 2021 - 21:44:36

@Pasgoose
Nobody would be interested is wasting words on you.

Christy Sweet | 02 July 2021 - 19:37:14

Do a google search- the only people who think Sinovac will be effective against Delta are Chinese scientists who then offer no data to back up their claims - Reuters. Since Sinovac has such dismal efficacy  against the original particle  - 58%  please offer up some literature on how effective it is. 

Pascale | 02 July 2021 - 15:41:37

So, Kurt and Christy do have problems with registering or getting their appointment. Doesn't surprises me. Guess those responsible for handing out appointments  do read the coment section on here ! Hehehe !

ematt | 02 July 2021 - 10:26:47

Christy please stick to the facts. It is absolutely not true the that the vaccine "will be useless against Delta". What is useless against Delta is choosing to receive no vaccine. And while we're at it, why the gratuitous insults for hotel workers? Being nasty will not make you happy.

Christy Sweet | 02 July 2021 - 00:22:05

Kurt you likely have the same problem of the pesky TM 30 notification of  address that a hotel registered your name under. The requirement is only if you leave the country but Phuket applies it sporadically  to hotel stays and I was unable to get  ANOTHER signed, company stamped and tax paid    lease as the home owner is out of the country. I have provided it several times already.    

Svcoquette | 01 July 2021 - 17:32:54

Christy has the hotel registered you on immigration website? We are stuck here on a tourist VISA (came on yacht from Malaysia) and had to register at local hotel to extend VISA. We had no trouble booking and getting the vaccine, Astra Zenaca.

r u sure | 01 July 2021 - 17:31:55

@Kurt give us your nationality and passport number and I'll try and register you! 

Kurt | 01 July 2021 - 15:43:56

@r u sure,  I have many years a retirement visa. In May I got at Immigration office a certificate of house address to renew my thai driving license. Actually in my Chalong surrounding not a single foreigner/thai wives ( did register) are hearing anything about vaccination. Seems we hang in a 'vaccination gap area'.

Christy Sweet | 01 July 2021 - 14:48:23

Infections are up rising in tandem with vaccinations of a poor vaccine as people abandon masks and SD. Exactly what happened in Seychelles and Chile. Now mix in porous borders, red zone visitors and lax adherence to SHA-Box protocol by lazy/bribed/careless staff.

Christy Sweet | 01 July 2021 - 14:42:19

I am not eligible as  I'm registered at a hotel not the home I've resided in since 2012.  So, do I make a journey (in a taxi) to  Immigration to "fix" it and expose myself to SARS- for the vaccine that will be useless against Delta? Or just continue masking and essential grocery trips only? Maybe USA will be providing decent vaccines to citizens like China and France have done.  ...

r u sure | 01 July 2021 - 13:58:07

@Kurt What kind of visa do you have? A legit one I presume?  As far as I know people with valid visas ,registered as living in Phuket and confirmed residence here have all either had their jabs or got an appointment. A few I know with "dodgy" visas only show as "registered."

Svcoquette | 01 July 2021 - 11:11:36

Kurt, when I went back to Phuket must win website they only offered the airport which I was able to select the time apointment which was confirmed. Did they not offer you the airport?

Svcoquette | 01 July 2021 - 10:55:29

Kurt, I guess Phuket is easier as they are trying to push the numbers they say are vaccinated. I never got an sms but was able to select and confirm appointment, again no sms.

wagsthedog | 01 July 2021 - 04:38:05

its a made up target number anyway we all know that, they only know the amount of Thais registered in phuket, many of them have left they have no idea how many thai people are from other provinces or migrant workers, only have a notion for expats because of 90 day report

Kurt | 01 July 2021 - 01:08:42

@Svcoquette, thx forreply. I registered  Phuket.must.win 10 days ago ( Blue bar), did check Grey bar 2 days later. My info was there, but no approval, which should take place within 24 hrs. I went to Phuket international-, Mission-, and Bangkok hospitals. None of them can vaccinate me this moment. Went to Provincial Hall. They noticed my registration. I just have to wait they said

Christy Sweet | 30 June 2021 - 19:00:24

80% (allegedly) have  one dose  of  questionable efficacy against Delta is not comforting.  I recall a couple of  weeks  ago they simply vanished about 40,000 people off the rolls as they weren't registered as residing  on Phuket. Already someone on a plane from Bangkok has triggered an alert. 

Dave_C | 30 June 2021 - 14:16:22

Target 70% - to date 44.8%.
Just past half way to target for 2 vaccination requirement.

Svcoquette | 30 June 2021 - 10:27:40

Kurt, I booked online and got a 12:00 appointment, got there at 11, no problem. Tourist VISA no problem.

Kurt | 30 June 2021 - 01:22:33

@Svcoquette, Did you just go to airport vaccination center or were you directed there?

ericphuket | 29 June 2021 - 21:47:46

Last week Friday at  karon orchid resort waiting for 4 hours friendly but unorganized. 
Impossible to change date for second vaccination .

Svcoquette | 29 June 2021 - 16:54:03

Had good experience at airport this morning, 75 minutes in/out including 30 minutes observation after getting shot. Very organized, very friendly people.

Foot | 29 June 2021 - 14:13:28

I had same positive experience as -Fascinated-, except I was at Angsara in Laguna.  The staff really has things figured out. I was out 40 minutes after arriving at that included a 20 minute observation period after I got the shot. There had to be 1,000+ Burmese there, however, who had to wait much longer.

Fascinated | 29 June 2021 - 13:11:35

I'd like to make a point of thanking the people at Jungceylon yesterday for an excellent service. Booked for the 9am slot, arrived early, in by 9, innoculated within 20 minutes and out again 30 minutes later. 3 paperwork checks, AZ given and 2nd appointment booked. Very efficient and friendly staff. They must have done well over 100 people in the first hour.

 

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