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Vachira providing pay-for Pfizer jabs for foreigners

Vachira providing pay-for Pfizer jabs for foreigners

PHUKET: Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town is now providing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination injections to foreigners at B1,380 per dose.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 4 February 2023, 10:36AM

The vaccinations are being provided on the 1st floor of the ‘Mahogany Building’ at the hospital, Vahira Phuket said in an announcement.

Pfizer vaccine injections for ages 12 years and over are available every Tuesday-Friday from 8:30-11:30am.

Pfizer vaccine injections for ages 5-11 years are available every Tuesday-Friday from 11am-3.30pm.

Pfizer vaccine injections for infants and young children aged 6 months to 4 years old are available every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am-3:30pm.

No appointments are necessary. The service is open to ‘Walk In’ patients.

However, the service is not available on public holidays.

“Foreigners who have a work permit in Thailand Get Free COVID-19 Vaccine”, Vachira Hospital confirmed in its announcement, which was also posted in Chinese and Russian languages.


The announcement came as Vachira released its February schedule of free COVID-19 vaccinations.

The schedule follows the same routine as last month:

The injections are still being administered on the first floor of the Luang Por Chaem Building at Vachira Phuket Hospital.

In previous months, announcements by Vachira hospital providing its regular schedule of COVID-19 vaccination injections were described as for Thais and foreigners with images showing all that was required to receive an injection was for the recipient to present a Thai government ID card or their passport.

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The latest announcement, however, now shows only a Thai government ID card, leaving readers to presume that the regular schedule for ‘walk-in’ vaccinations is no longer open to foreigners in general.

The vaccination injections are available for people receiving their first, second, third, fourth and now even fifth jabs. 

Those receiving their third jab must have waited at least three months since their second jab in order to receive their third, Vachira Hospital explained in its announcement.

The vaccine injections are being provided in dedicated sessions:

  • Pfizer for adults (12 years old or older): 8:30am - 11am
  • Pfizer for children 5-11 years old: 1pm - 3:30pm
  • Pfizer for infants 6 months to 4 years old: 1pm - 3:30pm
  • Long-Acting Antibodies (LAAB): 1pm - 3:30pm

The schedule for the remaining vaccination days in February is as follows:

Mondays: Feb 6, 13, 20, 27

  • Pfizer for Adults (morning)
  • Pfizer for children 5-11 years old (afternoon)
  • LAAB (afternoon)

Tuesdays: Feb 7, 14, 21, 28

  • Pfizer for Adults (morning)
  • Pfizer for children 5-11 years old (afternoon)
  • Pfizer for infants 6 months to 4 years old (afternoon)
  • LAAB (afternoon)

Wednesdays: Feb 8, 15, 22

  • Pfizer for Adults (morning)
  • Pfizer for children 5-11 years old (afternoon)
  • Pfizer for infants 6 months to 4 years old (afternoon)
  • LAAB (afternoon)

Thursdays: Feb 9, 16, 23

  • Pfizer for Adults (morning)
  • Pfizer for children 5-11 years old (afternoon)
  • LAAB (afternoon)

Fridays: Feb 10, 17, 24

  • Pfizer for Adults (morning)
  • Pfizer for children 5-11 years old (afternoon)
  • LAAB (afternoon)

Saturdays / Sundays - no service available


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Kamala Pete | 06 February 2023 - 14:51:17

PK, you're living in a dream world. China was hit HARD because of their lolly-water. Hence the incredibly long lock-downs they endured. The world will probably never know how many their mismanagement killed.

Pooliekev | 06 February 2023 - 13:31:32

@Kurt. Wow, an epidemiologist too? However, not a well read one. Sinovac kept the whole of China and most of Asean safe during the epidemic, while the uninformed queued for Moderna and Pfizer with their horrible side effects. 

Kurt | 06 February 2023 - 09:01:31

@christysweet,  Sinovac was sugar water. Minister Anutin found out personal, after 2 sinovac he quick changed to 4 Pfizer jabs. AZ was for many people unplesant. Making sick, hair loss, women got monthly period problems. The comfortable vaccin is Pfizer. Vaccin with least side effects. As regular international traveler ( full planes, crowded airports) I believe in vaccin protection

Kurt | 06 February 2023 - 08:42:15

Some reactions are personal, but passing by totally the question: "Why do on Phuket living foreigners start to have to pay for vaccinations, and Thai not?  The question is not about 'how much', greediness or can/can not pay the amount. 

DeKaaskopp | 05 February 2023 - 22:21:42

Maybe about time for the PN to start a fund raiser for expat retirees in need who can't afford to buy a vaccine.

Pascale | 05 February 2023 - 18:47:56

@Kurt   "with family quite outdoors '.  Wow Kurt, don't you scare to breathe the unhealthy air on Phuket ? And I hope you don't go swim in those filthy waters here. And not forget those dangerous streets here.  Better be safe and stay home ! 

christysweet | 05 February 2023 - 15:19:57

The Sinovac and AZ were free and the AZ made me sick- as it  did others with circulatory issues  and was discontinued   Still trying to get  compensated for medical bills by the manufacturer,  that had never made a  vax before    

Wiesel | 05 February 2023 - 12:31:04

Anyone who still wants to be vaccinated despite the current state of knowledge should pay any price and go there quickly. Still don't get it??

Kurt | 05 February 2023 - 12:08:05

@JohnC, funny reaction. And 100% presumingly wrong. I don't hide in my house, with family quite outdoors. And silly to presume one takes vaccinations because they were free. I and family believe in vaccination.. That you didn't hear/know about people who take more than 3-4 jabs says something about you.. Perhaps you quite indoors at home ? I know others with 4-5 jabs.

JohnC | 05 February 2023 - 08:50:17

@kurt. Hiding in your house as a retiree hardly necessary. I haven't heard of anybody so greedily taking so many injections. In fact I haven't heard of anybody who has even wanted four except locals who work in close contact with tourists. What's your reason? Because they were free!

Kurt | 05 February 2023 - 04:55:16

We can't compare B30 Health scheme with a nation's protective vaccination scheme. And: My question was ...Why do have foreigners with a Residence Status suddenly have to pay?.. And: On Phuket are quite a number of people, Thai/foreigner who had 5 free of charge vaccinations. So, just a question/facts. No complain!

skorchio | 05 February 2023 - 02:30:15

No doubt this is targetting the Chinese visitors who are likely to pay this over the top fee for a jab they cant get at home. What I would like to know is this - are these shots that have been donated to Thailand? 

GerryT81 | 04 February 2023 - 21:47:46

After getting 4 shots for free already, someone complains again and calls it discrimination not getting his 5th shot ( who in his right mind would take that many shots anyway) as a foreigner for free anymore.Pathetic !  What's next ? You would like to get the 30b health scheme card as a foreign retiree too ? 

Pooliekev | 04 February 2023 - 17:35:10

@Kurt. Or all five will cost you x/5 average. I.e. very little. Cant you just be grateful?

Nasa12 | 04 February 2023 - 13:40:03

Well this vaccine Thailand, get free from many countries. It’s thIs another scam ?

Kurt | 04 February 2023 - 11:23:53

As a Retiree I received here 4 Pfizer vaccinations free of charge. So, nr 5 later, will cost a foreigner B1,380 from now on? What is the reason of the sudden discriminatory in this?


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