Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem yesterday, January 14th, had ordered a financial inspection in order to prepare to purchase 240,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccination for all* Pattaya local residents if approved by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha.
The Mayor revealed that officials from the Pattaya City Finance Office and related departments were invited to a meeting yesterday to clarify the financial and fiscal status of Pattaya City, including details of the projects that will be conducted this year, in order to estimate financial power before planning to purchase hundreds of thousands of shots of Covid-19 vaccines for Pattaya area residents. Residents would reportedly get the vaccine for free*.
The decision was made following the government’s authorization stating that local governments can purchase the vaccines for their own people if they choose to do so in order to speed up the process of getting residents and places vaccinated.
According to the records, Pattaya City can operate according to principles and policies under the standards from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Ministry of Public Health to provide vaccination. However, further trading procedures will depend on the requirements and some other steps from various departments.
Mayor Sonthaya continued: “Currently, house registration of Pattaya City has reached a total population of 120,000 people, then we would need about 240,000 shots of the vaccine. If the price of the supplied vaccine was approximately 300 baht (This is just an estimate, not a hard cost), Pattaya would need a budget of at least 72 million baht in order to cover all the residents in the city.”
Pattaya City has initially set a budget of roughly 80 million baht to invest in Covid-19 vaccinations, the Mayor concluded. By getting Pattaya City residents vaccinated quickly the Mayor hopes to be able to encourage tourism to return to the area faster and begin to rebuild the city that has been devastated by the virus and measures implemented to respond to it.
*The Pattaya News notes that it was not made clear if foreign residents, even with work permits or other proof of residence, would be able to be part of this rollout or if it would cost them money and there was not an immediate answer to this question. There were also no immediate answers to other questions such as what the exact vaccine timetable would be, where the vaccine would come from, or how the rollout of the vaccines in Pattaya would take place.
As The Pattaya News gets information on these important questions we will provide them to our readers.
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