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Phuket to receive first delivery of COVID vaccine

Phuket to receive first delivery of COVID vaccine

PHUKET: Phuket will receive its first 4,000 doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this month, Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol has announced.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 24 February 2021, 07:17PM

Dr Chalermpong announced the news earlier today (Feb 24). Screenshot: PR Phuket / Phuket Radio Thailand

Dr Chalermpong announced the news earlier today (Feb 24). Screenshot: PR Phuket / Phuket Radio Thailand

Dr Chalermpong, who sits on the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee, which oversees all matters relating to COVID-19 in Phuket, announced the news during a press conference earlier today (Feb 24).  

“For the vaccine, we have good news that the Sinovac vaccine has now arrived in Thailand. The first 200,000 doses of the vaccine already arrived yesterday [Feb 23],” Dr Chalermpong said.

“It’s our good luck that every type of vaccine coming to Thailand will be provided to Phuket. Not every province, but only selected provinces, including Samut Sakhon as the highest control area,” he added.

“After Bangkok and the Greater Bangkok control areas, Phuket is classified as an area to help move the national economy, and society – along with Chon Buri, Surat Thani [including Koh Samui], and Chiang Mai,” he said.

“At first, we [Phuket] will receive 4,000 doses of vaccine,” Dr Chalermpong added.

The remaining 1.8 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine for Thailand will arrive in country on April 1 and May 1, Dr Chalermpong explained.

“For the Sinovac vaccine, we will receive a total of 68,000 doses for Phuket,” he confirmed.

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Regarding the following delivery of vaccine doses to Thailand, Dr Chalermpong  continued, “The second delivery, which will come from AstraZeneca, we will receive around June to August. We will receive about 40 million doses, and about 30 million doses around September to December.

“In total, Thailand will receive about 63 million doses of vaccine, which can serve the national goal to vaccinate half of the population.  

“Thailand has a population of about 66 million. If we can provide vaccines to 33 million people, it is considered as ‘comprehensive’,” he said.

A person will need to receive two injections, Dr Chalermpong made clear.

“For the first delivery we already know how many doses of vaccine we will receive, but for the second delivery, we still do not know. That is under the consideration of the central vaccine management [sic],” Dr Chalermpong explained.

“For the private sector that wants to purchase vaccines by themselves, at this stage the CCSA has asked them to wait until the first delivery has been made. After that, there is the potential to ease measures and allow them to purchase vaccines and open the island to foreign tourists in October,” he said.

“If about 80-90% of people in Phuket are vaccinated and the coming tourists are also vaccinated, there is a high possibility to make this happen,” he concluded.

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Foot | 25 February 2021 - 11:42:54

@Phuket Gazette.  How does one actually get in line to get jabbed.  Haven't seen a thing about that.  Might make for a good story.

Capt B | 25 February 2021 - 11:14:58

Although  Dr Chalermpong has very good intentions, I am a little bit worried about the nationality of the drug manufacturer & its record of human rights which are virtually non existent with "China's Hidden Camps". I really wonder just what they have put in it.  A long term ???
Sorry. I do not trust them.  Sure, I'll have a vaccine, but whilst I still have an option, certain...

Paulnou | 24 February 2021 - 21:02:04

So what after ?!let us wait one year ? any study trials results ? Like Brazil 50 % efficiency ? 


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