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For foreigners hoping to receive vaccinations soon......

 

Ministry spokesperson Rungrueng Kitphati has rolled back some of the comments that have already been made about the matter and the real world situation where some expats already registering for the next round of vaccinations in June. Speaking to Bangkok Post…

 

“The vaccines right now are only reserved for Thai people who are now at a high-risk level or living in the severe outbreak areas. Expats should wait for a clear policy from the government.”

Edited by Tropicalevo
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1 hour ago, phetphet said:

Can't see the private hospitals getting their hands on any vaccine for quite a while so looks like it will  be a long wait for non Thai vaccinations.

Expats should be able to register for free vaccination from June and July, according to the news articles.

There is one from ScandAsia HERE,

and there is a more recent one here...

 

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18 minutes ago, Birdman said:

Foreigners, who were on a list from major tourist related businesses got vaccinated already here twice.

That is for those who are sponsored by a major business/large hotel. You are correct in your observation. I understand that it was mostly GM's and senior managers. (Or well connected friends?)

I am a small business with just 12 staff. I am my own sponsor. 😪

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2 hours ago, Tropicalevo said:

That is for those who are sponsored by a major business/large hotel. You are correct in your observation. I understand that it was mostly GM's and senior managers. (Or well connected friends?)

I am a small business with just 12 staff. I am my own sponsor. 😪

To my knowledge everybody in tourist front-line business could register, but they had more than plenty of vaccines, 25,000 doses in total, so they asked normal people also to show up and be vaccinated...

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This week, 25,000 people in Koh Samui have been injected with the Covid-19 vaccine. The island plans to vaccinate 70% of its population by July to reach ‘herd immunity’ and reopen the tourist destination to vaccinated travellers, following the Phuket ‘sandbox’ model.

 

The vaccines were offered to the general public, including expats, at Rajabhat University, Bangkok Hospital Samui, Central Festival and Koh Samui Hospital. Yesterday was the last day for this round of injections, according to a post on the Koh Samui district Facebook page.

News source from April 8th HERE.

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14 minutes ago, khunPer said:

To my knowledge everybody in tourist front-line business could register, but they had more than plenty of vaccines, 25,000 doses in total, so they asked normal people also to show up and be vaccinated...

KhunPer - please tell that to Nathon hospital.

I know from past experience that you mean well. I would love to believe that what you quote is true.

I can only speak from my personal experience. Not from publicity.

I know at least two other foreigners, working in the tourist industry, both of whom managed to register online and they both received appointments.

Both appointments were cancelled before they were due.

No reason given.

All of the foreigners that I know are unable to receive the vaccinations. Yes - they can register. End of.

I say it again. We cannot believe everything that is on the internet.

 

Question.

Does anyone on this forum know a foreigner, who is not working for a 'high end' hotel or business, that has received the vaccinations?

I would love to be proved wrong.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Tropicalevo said:

KhunPer - please tell that to Nathon hospital.

I know from past experience that you mean well. I would love to believe that what you quote is true.

I can only speak from my personal experience. Not from publicity.

I know at least two other foreigners, working in the tourist industry, both of whom managed to register online and they both received appointments.

Both appointments were cancelled before they were due.

No reason given.

All of the foreigners that I know are unable to receive the vaccinations. Yes - they can register. End of.

I say it again. We cannot believe everything that is on the internet.

 

Question.

Does anyone on this forum know a foreigner, who is not working for a 'high end' hotel or business, that has received the vaccinations?

I would love to be proved wrong.

My knowledge is from Central Festival, there were four spots for vaccination, besides Samui Hospital in Nathon also Bangkok Hospital, which were busy when I passed, the University, and Central Festival where my GF got vaccinated.

 

I have no direct personal information about foreigners, only from what previous quoted news articles says in this thread, and according to Camille's Koh Samui blog saying: "Foreigners can also get vaccinated at no cost. First group to get the vaccine is 18-59 years old", which I posted April 5th, when there were 25.000 extra vaccines available on Samui...

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Dr. Teerasak Lomthongkham, director of Koh Samui Hospital, said that the vaccination against COVID-19 This is the second vaccination in Koh Samui district. To inject to target groups of medical and public health personnel Officers at high risk Hotel staff Employees in various service locations And 25,000 people (50,000 doses) of the general public, which is expected to inject 5,000 people per day and complete the injection by April 7, 2021. 

Source link HERE.

 

In general, not specific Samui, foreigners are supposed to be vaccinated by AstraZeneca vaccine from July, only front end health and tourists were mentioned in connection with the first vaccination rounds on Phuket and Samui.

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In trying to establish each day whether it is a 'can we/can't we' registration day, here are some things that I have come across.

 

Coconuts Bangkok wrote today -

"Inquiries with 12 hospitals throughout metropolitan Bangkok on Friday morning were met with various negative responses. Registration is currently open to the elderly or those with serious health conditions.

MedPark Hospital said that it cannot register foreign nationals until the government “completes 70%” of vaccination of Thais first. 

“The government will inform us again when we can offer direct registration of vaccines to foreigners,” a hospital call center rep said."

 

A friend went to Nathon Hospital yesterday and filled in a registration form. No on-line registration. His words afterwards were that he is 'not convinced that it wasn't a waste of time'.

 

Today I sent an application (email) to register at the Tourism Association of Koh Samui (TAKS). They are encouraging and helping people to register. I will let you know if anything happens. If you want details for this exercise, please PM me with your email address and I will forward what I have to you.

If we are successful in registering to receive the vaccines - it will be over 60's first, but all can apply. It is open to all residents on Koh Samui. Sorry, I do not know about the other islands.

Again, more info if I receive any.

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2 hours ago, Tropicalevo said:

Today I sent an application (email) to register at the Tourism Association of Koh Samui (TAKS). They are encouraging and helping people to register. I will let you know if anything happens. If you want details for this exercise, please PM me with your email address and I will forward what I have to you.

If we are successful in registering to receive the vaccines - it will be over 60's first, but all can apply. It is open to all residents on Koh Samui. Sorry, I do not know about the other islands.

Again, more info if I receive any.

There have been lots of official Facebook-posts about registration today. They state it's for Thais (only), and business and organization, where-under there is a form for registration of foreigners, i.e. you need to be in business or member of an organization to be eligible for vaccination at the moment.

 

I asked in a couple of threads about expats/foreigners/farangs, but haven't got any reply. I would wait to share anything, before I had more facts about "normal" foreigners, but here you are...

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Register to vaccinate Koh Samui District. https://vaccine.smartsamui.com/registration
✅ Check status for vaccination. https://vaccine.smartsamui.com/status
For organization or business
You can register via Koh Samui Tourism Association via filling the form for Thai people. 🇹🇭 https://bit.ly/3nZlTAa
💁 ♂️ Forms for Foreign https://bit.ly/3f1WuSr

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My gf told me today that they are registering this time people over 60, to start vaccinations in June.  The vaccine would be AZ, not Sinovac,  so it is doubtful that vaccinations will start on time, as the AZ vaccines are not yet produced locally.

Again this is probably info from Facebook or by word of mouth, so not 100% reliable 😃 Treat is as gossip.

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