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Phuket officials finally recognise island’s population in mass vaccination campaign

Phuket officials finally recognise island’s population in mass vaccination campaign

PHUKET: Phuket provincial officials have finally updated their population figure for the number of people on the island in their daily reports for the number of people in Phuket who have been vaccinated.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 04:14PM

Confirmation of the change came not even overnight. It actually came the same day, yesterday, when the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) posted the daily updates of mass vaccination campaign in Phuket for both Sunday (Oct 3) and for Monday (Oct 4).

The daily report for Sunday, posted at 2:13pm yesterday, used 467,587 as the population of the island, as it has done since Phuket provincial officials began their daily update reports earlier this year.

The report noted that 435,632 people on the island had received at least one COVID-19 vaccination injection. By using 467,587 as the population of the island ‒ instead of as the target number of people to be vaccinated ‒ the report claimed that 93% of the population on the island had received one vaccination jab.

Likewise, the report for Sunday noted that 398,189 people had received two injections, and claimed that the number constituted 85% of the island’s population.

The report also marked that 193,754 people had received their third-dose ‘booster’ shot, which was claimed to represent 42% of the population.

However, by 9:45pm last night, the report for Monday (Oct 4) was posted, with a new population figure of 547,584 given ‒ bringing it into line with the population figure consistently used by the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) throughout the campaign.


The mass vaccination update for Monday noted that 432,765 people had received one vaccination injection. This time, however, that number was reported to represent a now much more realistic 79.03% of the island’s population.

Similarly, the report for Monday noted that 409,505 had received two vaccine injections, representing 74.78% of the island’s population. The report also noted that 190,744 people had received their third-dose booster shots, representing 34.83% of the island’s population.

The change in recognising 547,584 as the island’s actual population came with no explanation.

The daily mass vaccination update reports for Phuket using 467,587 as the island’s population has led to much misreporting of the actual progress of the mass vaccination campaign in Phuket for months, with national news agencies and even Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha repeating the figures given, misreporting the actual progress of the campaign.

Of note, the PPHO has consistently used 547,584 as the island’s population to be vaccinated.

In the PPHO’s publicly posted progress report of the mass vaccination rollout, as of today 433,121 people have received one vaccination jab (79.1%), 409,644 people have received two vaccination jabs (74.81%) and 197,084 people have received third-dose booster jabs (35.99%).

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christysweet | 09 October 2021 - 03:14:32

Kurt, so no need for the odious PhuketMustWin registration BS?

Kurt | 08 October 2021 - 00:49:26

@Christy Sweet,  Through Vachira hospital. The vaccination handling is administrated/handled in Mahogany building, a 200 meters away. Last Sunday afternoon it organized the 2nd Pfizer vaccination for foreigners at Sapanhin Indoor Stadium. Well organized. I guess apart from fact what vaccinations we get, precautions outdoors should be maintained.

Christy Sweet | 07 October 2021 - 18:31:21

Kurt,  Do tell please, where did you get your Pfizer? I was able to get a first of Sinovac then 3 weeks later AZ from walking into Thalang Hospital. I am still doing all the precautions and got better fitting masks, too 

JohnC | 07 October 2021 - 09:54:27

Phuket officials love playing with statistics. Hopefully one day they will willingly give the true figures instead of trying to make us believe theirs.

Kurt | 07 October 2021 - 09:44:15

@skorchio, very true. I myself have been busy months to 'hunt' vaccination. Finally I m fully Pfizer vaccinated. Got even a nice laminated 'diploma' of it. Make your rounds along the Phuket hospitals, also check at Mahogany building next to Vachira hospital. That is a good vaccination coordination center.

skorchio | 07 October 2021 - 09:06:02

And this number is inaccurate anyway. How many people on the island, such as myself, have not had a jab on the island? How many children on the island? etc etc

Christy Sweet | 06 October 2021 - 14:53:50

Until children are also vaccinated, it will be impossible to rein this SARS virus in. I see them in stores wearing ineffective cloth masks which they  move to stick their fingers in their mouths after touching items. Aldous Huxley had a point about parents.. 

Christy Sweet | 06 October 2021 - 14:49:35

I am liking the quiet, the lack of dangerous taxis, even  Heroine's Monument traffic circle is open and functioning!! Too bad Thailand has to rely on  unsustainable, damaging tourism , completely  incapable of weaning itself off the teat of corruption foreign visitors facilitate so easily. Goose is in the oven. 

maverick | 06 October 2021 - 12:58:52

Must be time for another lockdown and close Sandbox until vaccinations reach agreed level of 80% there are plenty of vaccines so shortfall  can only be due to anti vaxers  they could keep this place closed forever 

Dave_C | 06 October 2021 - 12:10:57

My understanding is that 547,184 represents 70% of the islands TOTAL population (including children) and that was the target. 
Reporting that 79.1% and 74.81% of the population has been vaccinated is attempting a hoax.
So the real figures are 55.3% of the TOTAL population have received a first jab and 51.4% have received a second tab. 
Nowhere near the 70% target !!

Kurt | 06 October 2021 - 09:31:30

This for mean time not accurate recognizing increase population numbers are at least good for one thing. Government hospitals now get higher budgets. Can improve their out of time facilities, get more staff, etc. Get things improved to private hospital levels. That benefits population.

BobTB | 06 October 2021 - 02:16:32

So is 547,584 “the island’s actual population” or “the island’s population to be vaccinated” (both phrases used in the article and linked to this population figure)? I presume very young children are not being targeted for vaccination so there must be a difference between the two numbers.


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