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Phuket residents angered by Pfizer walk-in queue confusion

Phuket residents angered by Pfizer walk-in queue confusion

PHUKET: Local residents have voiced their anger over the poor organisation of the walk-in Pfizer vaccinations at the Indoor Sports stadium at Saphan Hin yesterday (Dec 2).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 3 December 2021, 10:15AM

Among the biggest concerns were that people were left standing outside for hours with no social distancing enforced in the queues while waiting to be told to enter the stadium.

When The Phuket News arrived at 11am, local residents were arguing with organisers, calling for them to better organise the waiting area outside the stadium.

Many of the people had been waiting outside the stadium since 5am, and some of the officers present were accused of letting foreigners jump the queue.

After much shouting at the officers and being told to calm down, the situation was resolved and the vaccinations continued to proceed.

One woman who asked to be called “Mrs Somjai” (not her real name), who had brought her daughter to be vaccinated, pointed out the poor organisation yesterday.

“The chair arrangement is without spacing. Temperature measurements are taken only before entering the building, and there seems to be no organisation of the queues at all. People are standing so close they are breathing on each other’s necks,” she said.

“And many of the people here have been standing outside in the sun for at least two hours,” she added.

“The staff today are not as ready as they have been at other vaccination centres, which have been very orderly. When I took another daughter to be vaccinated at another centre, I didn’t see any problems. The queues were in an orderly manner, and it was very organized. But today the vaccination centre is not safe at all. There is actually a greater risk of spreading the coronavirus,” Mrs Somjai said.

Chun Phromanong, 64, had been waiting in the queue since 7am. He was angered by a group of four to five foreigners with small children arriving and being ushered past the crowd into the stadium. He raised his concern with officials at the venue.

“I’m 64 years old and think about it, I can’t go home and I have been here in the queue since 7am. There must be someone who has the power to fix this. Let’s be clear about whether we have enough vaccine doses. If the vaccine runs out, it should be reported that it’s gone because now more and more people are starting to come. Is there enough vaccine[doses]? They have to say so clearly,” Mr Chun said.

“They haven’t reached 1,500 [the number of vaccination injections promoted to be provided at the stadium yesterday], and I don’t know, I’m still in a tent,” he said, referring to the stadium being named in Thai as the “4,000 seat stadium”.

“They say that people over 60 are at greater risk and that you don’t have to wait [to be vaccinated], but I’ve been waiting [in the queue] since 8:30, now it’s noon and I haven’t had my vaccination [injection]. I understand that there are many people waiting to be vaccinated, but I’m willing to give up. I’d rather die,” he said.

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Kurt | 05 December 2021 - 00:32:55

A walk-in vaccination doesn't work on Phuket. To many chinese sugar water vaccineted thai people hunt for a real vaccination after they noticed Min Anutin had already 4 vaccinations, his last 2?.. Non-chinese. It says it all. Previously foreign residents were called up in person for vaccination at Saphan Hin, that worked well. Why not same way handling it?

tamvong | 04 December 2021 - 18:42:36

I was there and it wasn't only farrangs jumping the queue. I saw several Thais who had been next to me in the lines outside but, by the time I got inside and was seated in the upper deck, were down on the floor well ahead in the process.

Malc-thai | 03 December 2021 - 17:06:52

Amazing how the local government boasted about 70% of the islands population was vaccinated to open the sandbox back in July 1st yet people still queueing to get vaccinated now 5 months on

Foot | 03 December 2021 - 16:01:29

Typical TIT bull. Create a stampede by announcing vaccines when there are only 1500 and 100,000 people who need it. What happened to my registering 6 months ago? The education system teaches Thais to follow directions and never try to be creative in finding new methods or solutions. Will never rise above being a backward 3rd world country.  What happened to the $10 million and 1.5 million Pfizer?

CaptainJack69 | 03 December 2021 - 11:38:41

Does seem poor. Why can't someone just count the 1500 and have them sit inside on the 4000 seats? Everyone else gets sent home.

But why wouldn't people with small children get priority? At least in getting out of the sun. If these people were [others] he'd be complaining if they WEREN'T allowed to jump the queue.

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