Reader Talkback: Should Covid-19 vaccines be free for all foreigners, regardless of their visa status, in Thailand?

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The following is our weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and get their insight and opinions. We then share their feedback a week later and pick a variety of diverse and interesting responses.

This week we are going to ask you:

Should Covid-19 vaccines be free for all foreigners, regardless of their visa status, in Thailand?

This question is part of an ongoing debate on social media with residents of Thailand that are from foreign countries on if vaccines should be free or not.  The Thai government has said multiple times that foreigners will be eligible for vaccines, although the details are not yet available.  Some foreign residents, however, have questioned price and availability. This brings us to this week’s question.

Should foreign residents get the vaccine free? Should there be a limit on who is eligible? For instance, should it be EVERY foreigner or only those that pay taxes or have permanent residency? Does it matter? Should “tourists” here on extended Covid-19 visas be able to get one for free?  Is a work permit more valuable than a retirement visa? Should foreigners be able to choose which vaccine brand they have?

These are all questions we want you to consider during our weekly feature.

 

Let us know in the comments below, on our social media like Facebook or Twitter, or mail us at Pattayanewseditor@gmail.com. we look forward to hearing from you and will publish the results next week.

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