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Phuket’s second delivery of 50,000 vaccine doses arrives

Phuket’s second delivery of 50,000 vaccine doses arrives

PHUKET: The second delivery of 50,000 doses of the Chinese-made Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine ‘CoronaVac’ arrived in Phuket yesterday (Apr 5), completing the 100,000 doses promised by officials in Bangkok as part of the the push to have 70% of the island’s population vaccinated in order to reopen the island to receiving international tourists from July 1.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 6 April 2021, 10:20AM

The delivery arrived at the medical supplies storage area at Vachira Hospital Phuket in Phuket Town, where Hospital Director Dr Chalermphong Sukontapol and staff inspected and received the delivery before having the doses moved to a temperature-controlled room.

Of the 50,000 doses delivered, 30,000 will be held at Vachira Phuket Hospital and 20,000 will be moved to Thalang Hospital before being transported to the five vaccination ‘service points’ set up by the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO), Dr Chalermpong explained.

The mass-vaccination campaign, which began last Thursday, is currently seeing more than 7,000 people receive their first vaccination injection a day, Dr Chalermpong said.

Provincial officials are now expecting to be able to ramp that up to 10,000 a day, he said.

“This will expand the vaccination campaign to meet the number of vaccinations required within the specified time [of July 1],” he noted.

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“After this, in May and June, Phuket Province will be allocated another 300,000 doses COVID-19 vaccine per month.

“Phuket has requested more than 930,000 doses of the vaccine so that more than 466,000 people in Phuket [sic] can be vaccinated in order for Phuket to be able to receive international tourists without quarantine from July 1,” he added.

Dr Chalermpong urged people wanting to receive a state-provided vaccination to register through the online form posted here:

“Those without access to the internet can walk in to register at their local health promotion hospital or contact the village headman for their area,” he said.

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paulhkg | 07 April 2021 - 15:36:05

I got the first jab of Astrazeneca last week in Nigeria and the information sheet from the pharmaceutical company shows that the second jab is to be given 4 to 12 weeks after the first.
I hope the paperwork provided here will be accepted as proof of vaccination by the authorities upon my return to Phuket in July.

phuket-brit | 07 April 2021 - 13:09:58

I am a foreigner living in Phuket, and feel deeply offended by the fact Thai nationals can go and get their vaccine as they please, including my partner who lives with me. I on the other hand am not allowed, even though I pump in millions of bath every year, make up your own mind but I am very sad by this inequality.

Christy Sweet | 07 April 2021 - 11:51:51

Bangkok Post ran a scathing Op-Ed April 2 on Phuket's  nonsensical vaccine roll out. All that sacrifice  under lock downs last year at this time gone to waste because the government was pressured into reversing course and subscribing to capitalism over human life. Thailand is a VERY rich nation which could have easily paid each citizen to stay home safely.. But  nooooo. 

Kurt | 07 April 2021 - 08:45:18

I not see positive progress by getting the worse vaccine dumped here by China. ( only 51% effective.  Get Moderna ( 95% effective), and already proved by now having more than 6 months immunity. Go for quality, not for 'money deals'.

maverick | 06 April 2021 - 16:56:20

Good job, positive progress despite the whiners on this forum keep it up will protect us all - the acid test will be number of infections after the Songkran exodus south 

Heinz | 06 April 2021 - 11:23:21

The required 70% are impossible! Under 18 will not be vaccinated, over 65 from June with Astrazeneca which requires a second vaccination after three months! (Then it is September plus the effective period is October!) ... Then there are still many% who do not want to be vaccinated at all ...

Nasa12 | 06 April 2021 - 11:17:03

And April6- 7 and 8 they give Sinovac COVID-19 “vaccine“ to every one some working in hotel in Kata and Karon. This happens on one hotel in Karon.  


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