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Phuket officials target island mass vaccination by Oct 1

Phuket officials target island mass vaccination by Oct 1

PHUKET: Phuket officials will file a request to receive enough doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to ensure that 432,000 people in Phuket have been vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct 1.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 10 March 2021, 12:05PM

Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol speaks to the press at the mass vaccination launch last week. Photo: PPHO / file

Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol speaks to the press at the mass vaccination launch last week. Photo: PPHO / file

Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol announced the news during a press conference this morning (Mar 10).

Dr Chalermpong sits on the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee, which oversees all matters relating to COVID-19 in Phuket, 

“We have already received 4,000 doses [of the Sinovac vaccine] for 2,000 people. We will receive 16,000 doses in April and 48,000 doses in May,” Dr Chalermpong explained.

“So far, 1,877 people have already been vaccinated. The remaining 123 people will be vaccinated this morning,” he added.

Of the 1,877 people vaccinated, 5.43% of them had side effects from the vaccination, such as nausea and vomiting, muscle pain, bruising, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea and rash, Dr Chalermpong said.

However, he emphasised that the side effects were only minor.

“Only a couple of people had to be under observation at the hospital,” he noted.

“I want to tell our Phuket brothers and sisters that the vaccines that we have asked for – both Sinovac and Astrazeneca – are safe. I want everyone on Phuket to be vaccinated,” he added.

“In the coming months, we will vaccinate local people and workers in the tourism industry,” Dr Chalermpong said.

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To make the mass vaccination possible within the time frame, the government will seek assistance from the private sector.

“The vaccination plan from June to September is very important. We have discussed together with officials as well as representatives from government hospitals, private hospitals and the private sector,” Dr Chalermpong said.

“We will file a request for the Astrazeneca vaccine to the Executive Sub-committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Management, which has Dr Sopon Mekton as the chairman,” Dr Chalermpong noted.

“We will ask them for enough doses of the vaccine for about 131,000 people to be vaccinated in June, for 175,000 people to be vaccinated in July. and 125,000 people to be vaccinated in August.

“We will provide the second vaccination injections from August to October,” he said.

“We expect that at the end of September we will have at total 466,000 people vaccinated, comprising 432,000 people vaccinated with the Astrazeneca vaccine and 34,000 people vaccinated with Sinovac vaccine.

“At this stage, Phuket has about 600,000 people, comprising 417,000 people registered as permanent residents in the civil registration database, 100,000 people from other provinces, and 81,000 foreigners and migrant workers.

“The vaccination injections will be given to about 77.6% of people living in Phuket, so we can open to welcome foreign tourists in October,” Dr Chalermpong said.

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Kurt | 11 March 2021 - 15:44:48

Analyzing, observing, comparing with how else where it goes better, commenting about, is not complaining (!), but suggesting/advising. A positive contribution in thinking. Can be taken or just leave it if not understood. Simple.

Fascinated | 11 March 2021 - 11:57:54

@Maverick- its just the serial complainers having a go. The article clearly states 'I want EVERYONE to be vaccinated'. Some must have missed that in their rush to post their indignation.

Kurt | 11 March 2021 - 10:58:14

@Dicko, Thai Officialdom is short sighted-, thinking. They only think about foreigners as walking wallets, not as persons. The talk about..'our brothers and sisters'..   say it all.  And:..'we will file a request for Astrazeneca vaccine'..  Huh? Has that still to be done?? The speed about how everything happens is astonishing. Ok, keep hanging in foreigner quarantine- and wrist ban...

maverick | 11 March 2021 - 10:00:49

Where does it say foreigners will be ignored ? Or is that just an assumption. A biased one at that, all indications are that all residents with the exception of certain categories, ie children, and those with allergies will be offered the vaccine This has been stated by Phuket Town and Patong governers 

Dicko | 10 March 2021 - 20:48:03

So the 10's of thousands of foreigners, many of whom are over 60, many who carry a bit of additional weight and are not exactly in their peak of health are ignored are they? No provision, suggestion or plan to offer them vaccination? Another show of love and support for the cash cows of Phuket 


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