VACCINATION UPDATE: ALL PROVINCES TO RECEIVE SINOVAC DOSES THIS MONTH; EXPATS IN PHUKET OFFERED VACCINATIONS

The government has confirmed that all provinces will receive the Chinese Sinovac jab this month – some in larger quantities than others.

Kiattiphum Wongrajit from the Public Health Ministry says 800,000 doses will be distributed across the country from today.

There are 22 provinces being prioritised, based on their status as either high-risk areas, border provinces, or tourist destinations.

Six high-risk provinces will receive 350,000 doses, eight tourist areas will get 240,000, while eight border provinces will receive 50,000 doses.

The six high-risk provinces are the central provinces of Samut Sakhon, Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan, as well as the northern province of Tak (Mae Sot).

The eight tourist destinations are Chon Buri, Rayong, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket, and Surat Thani (Koh Samui).

The eight border provinces are Songkhla, Sa Kaeo, Chiang Rai, Mukdahan, Narathiwat, Ranong, Nong Khai, and Chanthaburi.

Neither Phetchaburi nor Prachuap Khiri Khan is named in any of these priority lists, despite being both on the border with Myanmar and prominent tourism destinations.

EXPATS OFFERED VACCINATIONS IN PHUKET

In a move which expats across the country hope will be a sign of future vaccine availability, foreigners will be offered COVID vaccinations under the government’s mass-vaccination rollout now underway in Phuket.

Dr Chalermpong, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town, delivered the news during a press conference broadcast live online.

As director of the island’s leading government hospital on the island, Dr Chalermpong is a key member of the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee, which is responsible for drafting and implementing all COVID-19 policies in Phuket.

“In April and May, we will receive Sinovac vaccines while in June, we will receive Astrazeneca, which can be provided to those who are older than 60 years old,” Dr Chalermpong said.

“To be clear, at this stage, all people on the island who are older than 18 years old but younger than 60 years old are eligible to be vaccinated, including people registered as living in Phuket, those who are from other provinces, and foreigners,” he added.