Jump to content

Uncertainty over availability of COVID-19 vaccinations for expats in Thailand


Recommended Posts

1 minute ago, Airalee said:

And some charge ฿400

 

Sounds like you’re going to the wrong hospital.

 

The last time I saw a doctor in Los Angeles (gastroenterologist), for a 10 minute (mostly useless) consultation, I was billed $850 (฿25,500).  I count my blessings to have affordable healthcare here in Thailand.

I don't use private hospitals but BKK hosp international clinic do so I've been told. The US is not relevant.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 212
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Exactly. I think this thread is just stirring up worry for no reason.    If an expat can’t afford a covid shot, they shouldn’t be in Thailand. I am sure the 800,000 for retirement visa or 400,0

Thailand has authorized importation of approved vaccine by private hospitals (when there is an approval) so it should be available for those who can afford.

This is complete fear mongering nonsense. The WTTC said the other day that its discrimination and not necessary. The CEO of AirAsia backed up these statements.  No country is going to want to kill its

Posted Images

30 minutes ago, joe jadore said:

Its real cost is in the 2/3 to 5$ range, so even if we have to pay 30/50 $ it's not a big deal, calm down and be grateful for once the Thai Gov has done a good job so far re Covid our LOW numbers are outstandingly GREAT for a population of 69 million, compared to the rest of the world. 

Of course the first vaccine will be free or cheap .....But you can be sure the price will keep going up a lot  with future jabs.....A new vax could be needed every 6 months to a year...Even the vax makers admit this....We have been hearing about new strains a lot....

Link to post
Share on other sites
10 minutes ago, brianthainess said:

I don't use private hospitals but BKK hosp international clinic do so I've been told. The US is not relevant.

If you use government hospitals (as can the other complainers), then the price of the most expensive hospital in Thailand isn’t relevant either.

Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, HOAX said:

Lucky you considering all the vaccine scandals in China recently. There`s a reason why people don`t want the Sinovac vaccine, in case you wasn`t aware, not even the Chinese wants it, hence why they travel to other countries for vaccines. But lucky you, you can probably even be one of the first to get the Sinovac vaccine if you want.

I doubt anyone has traveled to another country to get the vaccine.

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, redwood1 said:

Of course the first vaccine will be free or cheap .....But you can be sure the price will keep going up a lot  with future jabs.....A new vax could be needed every 6 months to a year...Even the vax makers admit this....We have been hearing about new strains a lot....

It would be no different than annual flu shots.  Maybe even incorporated into that.  I believe the annual flu shot currently protects you from new strains of last big pandemic which was the spanish flu.

Edited by shdmn
Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, HOAX said:

I think the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine`s effectiveness will be adjust to a lower number than 90% when more data is available, but if it actually is around 90%, I hope Thailand will be making some effort in securing these vaccines.

I supposed you are talking about this article by a University of Maryland associate professor who is also a British Medical Journal associate editor?

Peter Doshi: Pfizer and Moderna’s “95% effective” vaccines—we need more details and the raw data
 

Quote

With 20 times more suspected than confirmed cases, this category of disease cannot be ignored simply because there was no positive PCR test result. Indeed this makes it all the more urgent to understand. A rough estimate of vaccine efficacy against developing covid-19 symptoms, with or without a positive PCR test result, would be a relative risk reduction of 19% (see footnote)—far below the 50% effectiveness threshold for authorization set by regulators. Even after removing cases occurring within 7 days of vaccination (409 on Pfizer’s vaccine vs. 287 on placebo), which should include the majority of symptoms due to short-term vaccine reactogenicity, vaccine efficacy remains low: 29% (see footnote).
 

Footnote

Calculations in this article are as follows:  19% = 1 – (8+1594)/(162+1816); 29% = 1 – (8 + 1594 – 409)/(162 + 1816 – 287). I ignored denominators as they are similar between groups.


19% to 29% efficacy rate is definitely too low to be approved, so Pfizer/BioNTech must provide more data.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Every ex-pat who lives here knows that the Thai government gives us absolutely nothing free, so why would they give us the covid vaccine for free, the answer is when it is available in private hospitals if you want one you'll have to pay for it.  

Also the Thai government has not purchased enough vaccine to vaccinate its own citizens, so what chance have ex-pats of getting one. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
31 minutes ago, Soikhaonoiken said:

Every ex-pat who lives here knows that the Thai government gives us absolutely nothing free, so why would they give us the covid vaccine for free, the answer is when it is available in private hospitals if you want one you'll have to pay for it.  

Also the Thai government has not purchased enough vaccine to vaccinate its own citizens, so what chance have ex-pats of getting one. 

I would say there is a good chance of expats getting a vaccine early for a price.  What you may not have a good chance of getting early are one of the western ones.  You will probably only be able to get the Russian or Chinese ones early on after they are approved for use by the Thai FDA and you will probably have to pay dearly for it.  That's my guess anyways. 

 

I could be wrong but I think the license terms for the western vaccines is that you cannot try profit from them.  They have to be sold at cost.   I don't think the Chinese or Russian ones have those sorts of terms.

Edited by shdmn
Link to post
Share on other sites

If the vaccine does not stop you contracting and transmitting the virus, which both Phizer and Mod has stated, well what is the point in taking it, also by what I read here it will be two years before they vaccinate the Thai people judging by there figures, meaning the 14 day quarantine looks like it won't end soon. People have it in their head that once they are vaccinated they can roam freely, but this is not the case from what the medical Doctors are saying. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

RE the Chinese vaccine... Im looking forward to seeing people among the Thai leadership taking this vaccine!! Haha... good one. It will not happen. They will wait for AstraZeneca.

About expats... Really, who gives a s* here about us?? But if you cough up at least 5 or 6k baht, they will be glad to vaccinate us.

Link to post
Share on other sites
17 hours ago, internationalism said:

bangkok is not in a red zone, but samut prakan was included just a few days ago (this province is almost part od bangkok, bkk airport is there).

thailand has ordered 2mln of sinovac, not just 1mln.

those 2mln would be enough for front line workers and vulnerable (I do think that would include also foreigners, just matter of registering with local health authorities as soon as possible).

 

For a working expat, earning on an average 50k/month, a few thousands baht for atrazeneca and sinovac or up to 10k for pfizer is really nothing. It would allow to jump and escape the third wave, before employers and the government allow them to get free one.

 

at least 4 private hospitals in bangkok are trying to get up to 50k vax each, so it should be enough for a while.

Even if expensive for some pensioners, their insurance might cover at least part of expenses    

The Chinese vaccine (Sinovac) is reported as 50% effective and I wonder if this is considered adequate.

Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, Jeffr2 said:

Sure. Free to all Thai citizens. Who are you talking about who can't afford a life saving jab at some 6k to 10k Baht?

This is about a national crisis, not about who can or cannot afford a vaccine, if they can afford to go to the moon or spend billions on submarines they don't need the can afford to inoculate the entire population irrespective of nationals or not.. if you live here on a permanent visa ie married or retired or similar then it should be free for all.

Why should the government off-set the cost onto the public who are already struggling?

Link to post
Share on other sites
19 hours ago, Natai Beach said:

I am sure the 800,000 for retirement visa or 400,000 for marriage visa money will more than cover it.

Are you saying that the money for a vaccination should come out of my 800,000 so dropping it below that amount and invalidating my extension?

  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Bangkok Post has repeatedly posted quotes by Thai officials that "ALL" people in Thailand will be eligible for free vaccine when available. Didn't believe it then and I don't believe it now.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...