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


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I`m from the UK and currently as things stand I can`t get in without a vaccine. My only option will be to spend a night in Ireland I`m thinking. Not too worried right now but do have to go back for a few weeks in June.

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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

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1 minute ago, ardsong said:

it is in general believed that if 70% of the population is immune or protected for a disease, the chances to create a pandemy  are gone.

True. The more you limit the virus from spreading it just simply has nowhere to go and "dies off". As you say, that`s around 70%. It doesn`t mean the virus necessarily vanishes, but an epidemic or pandemic is unlikely. That being said, Moderna says their vaccine could only have a 1 year effectiveness. Meaning, the virus potentially may live among us centuries or even indefinitely and a future epidemic/pandemic may still occur if people aren`t continuing to vaccinate themselves yearly, unless we get a vaccine that lasts significantly longer than just 1 year.

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13 minutes ago, Dialemco said:

Thailand still has not managed to secure sufficient vaccines for its own citizens. Expats are unlikely to be able to secure a covid vaccine privately in Thailand this year as all vaccines are in short supply. This is one of the perils of living abroad

I disagree.

There was a report I believe yesterday that private entities can obtain approved vaccines on their own.

The private hospitals I bet will offer these at a cost of course.

But, some thai people I assume will not want to pay the probable high cost for this treatment.

 

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12 minutes ago, bikerbri said:

If I have to purchase a vaccine it WONT be the Chinese version.

So all the more available for us lucky guys.  Thanks! 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

 

Expats who work in Thailand and pay into the social security system may be eligible for a vaccination but the situation is yet to be clarified by the Thai government.

So why post some unfounded, purely speculative comment, especially with out attribution? 

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10 minutes ago, PGSan said:

So all the more available for us lucky guys.  Thanks! 

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.

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They can say Private hospitals can purchase the Covid vaccine that's approved but who will sell it to them? Small amounts? I doubt the company's making the vaccines will sell to anyone else other than governments. 

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25 minutes ago, ardsong said:

I think that after the Thai have been vaccinated for 80+%, the small number of farangs do not need any vaccination anymore as the 70+% injection rate for herd immunity has been passed already!

Quite likely, after all this forum has been saying for long enough that there are huge numbers of undisclosed infections, herd immunity must already exist.

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