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Phuket mass vaccinations begin

PHUKET: Mass vaccinations against COVID-19 have begun in Phuket, with some 3,000 people expected to have received their first injection of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine “CoronaVac” at the Indoor Sports Stadium at Saphan Hin today (Apr 1).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 1 April 2021, 05:23PM

The mass-vaccination launch today came less than 24 hours after 50,000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine arrived on the island yesterday.

Present at Saphan Hin this morning to oversee the launch of the mass-vaccination campaign were Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, along with Vice Governors Pichet Panapong and Piyapong Choowong, and Phuket Tourist Association President Bhummikitti Ruktaengam.

All people arriving to receive their first vaccination injection were required to wear face masks and had their body temperatures checked before being allowed into the main area of the facility.

Those vaccinated today were from five main target groups: medical personnel, risk group staff, people who work with direct interaction with the public, chronic disease patients and rescue workers.

Governor Narong repeated that the goal was to administer the first vaccine injection to 50,000 people within the next seven days, “before Songkran”.

“I expect that today we will be able to vaccinate about 3,000 people in the key target groups at the stadium. If we combined the numbers of vaccinated people from the other four venues, the total number will be about 7,000 people per day,” he said.

The second injection will be provided after the next mass delivery of vaccine doses arrive, he added.

This was required “because if you are going to vaccinate to build a group immunity, Phuket Province must vaccinate 70% of the population, or about 460,000 people, which requires approximately 920,000 to 930,000 doses of the vaccine, before we can open to receive fully vaccinated tourists,” he said.

“It is a very big challenge, but the government is ready to support Phuket as a pilot province,” he added.

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To roll out the mass-vaccination campaign, five “vaccination service centres” have been set up across the island. The five locations are located at:

  • Phuket International Airport, the new extension building
  • Jungceylon shopping center, Patong
  • Angsana Laguna Phuket resort in Bang Tao, Cherng Talay
  • The Indoor Sports Centre at Saphan Hin
  • Phuket Orchid Resort and Spa Hotel in Karon


The vaccination centres are open each day from 8:30am to 4pm.

People arriving to be vaccinated must proceed through eight steps:

  1. Weight, height and blood pressure is measured
  2. Confirmation that the person is eligible for vaccination.
  3. Registration, screening
  4. Recording of medical history
  5. Waiting for the vaccination injection
  6. Receiving the vaccination injection
  7. Update the recipient’s hospital records
  8. Wait 30 minutes to observe for any reaction to the vaccine. 

If no adverse reactions are found, the recipient will be allowed to go home by permission of a doctor and an appointment will be made to receive the second “booster” injection.

Those who received injections today will be required to receive their second injection some time from April 22-30, officials at the centre explained.

Governor Narong urged people to register to receive vaccinations through the online form posted here.

Despite the explanation yesterday that no walk-in registrations are being accepted at this time, Governor Narong today clearly said, “Or do not have [access to the] internet, you can walk in to register at the district health promotion hospital near you, or contact the village headman in your area.”

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skip | 03 April 2021 - 02:16:37

the media have succeeded in distracting the gen pop and signified by the debating over which vaccine etc. the media mandate is "dont let the people know what the people are thinking ". turn off the tv and the propaganda ceases. look for the published peer reviewed scientific facts and the truth will appear before your eyes. think for yourself and dont be lead by the media and bill gates ...

LALALA | 02 April 2021 - 20:04:34

I refuse any vaccine, simply because I have a higher chance to win in the lottery than getting infected or die from this flu virus.

Kurt | 02 April 2021 - 16:11:01

@ Pascale, read international about the limited Sinovac vaccine effectiveness of 51%, and think.
In Europe they suspend AstraZeneca administration at the moment,  doing more analyses/adjustment of that vaccine first.  It is not about Kurt, Pascale. Do read international news.

Christy Sweet | 02 April 2021 - 16:08:35

I would refuse the AZ and SinoVac brands. In fact I hope to wait as long as possible before submitting to injections so that the variants coming in the next  months will also be covered. If only the western world had  all just stayed home for 6 weeks, it would all be over. 

Pascale | 02 April 2021 - 15:38:43

As always Kurt knows what the best vaccine is. As he wants to get people vaccinated as quick as possible he forgot to think about that you just cannot order every vaccine you like. Their are quite long delivery times. As usual with his comments not a quality but complaining rant.

Kurt | 02 April 2021 - 11:30:56

Phuket private hospitals should try to get Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Janssen vaccines.  That are better vaccines than Sinovac and AstraZeneca. Probably the Thai can make lesser profit on better quality vaccines. As usual in Thailand, not a quality but money making  decision.

Heinz | 01 April 2021 - 19:31:10

All young people up to the age of 18 and those over 60 will not be vaccinated. That's over 30%! So sandbox doesn't work! Astrazeneca for the elderly is coming, according to the report, in June and needs up to twelve weeks until the second vaccination! October is still two weeks until it becomes effective!


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