On June 29TH, Mr. Apikhun Sirakunchai, advisor to the mayor of Hua Hin has spoken about progress in the purchase of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccination doses by the municipality.  Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul, Mayor of Hua Hin, Deputy Mayors, Executives and Municipal Council members attended the meeting.

The Hua Hin Municipality has made an order for Sinopharm doses with the Chulabhorn Royal College, amounting to 50,000 doses, with a budget of 50 million baht for 25,000 people and is currently waiting delivery.

Eligibility for vaccination is restricted to those who are aged 18 to 95 years and must be listed with a house registration in Hua Hin Municipality.

Ms. Busaba Choksuchart, Deputy Mayor, is accelerating the preparation of an application with the Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Public Office to open up to people who want to get the Sino Farm vaccination to register.

Mr. Montree Chuphu, deputy mayor, has coordinated with Dr. Nirand Chantrakul, director of Hua Hin Hospital, to ensure there are sufficient medical personnel to vaccinate the people.

When the municipality has received the Sinopharm doses, the Hua Hin Hospital will arrange staff to provide free vaccinations.  When is the Hua Hin Municipality ready to open for the public to register online, this will be publicised immediately.

Sinopharm is the first alternative vaccine, besides Sinovac and AstraZeneca, to arrive in Thailand. Like Sinovac, which is also produced in China, Sinopharm is an inactivated virus vaccine, already approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use.

To date, more than 65 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in 57 countries to people aged 18 and over. The vaccine is reported to be 79% percent effective in protecting against COVID-19 symptoms and 79% effective against hospitalization. Two doses of the vaccine have to be administered 21 days apart.