The Pattaya City Mayor is encouraging residents to receive a Covid -19 vaccine in order to resume domestic and foreign tourism, reboot the economy, reopen the cities devastated and closed hospitality and entertainment sectors, and prepare to welcome international tourists later this year.
The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume told The Pattaya News, “I have taken both Sinovac doses of their Covid-19 vaccine, have had no negative side-effects, and my health is perfectly normal. The majority of city and Chonburi leadership has also had the vaccine with no issues, as have the majority of first-responders and medical staff.”
The Mayor received his second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine earlier this week, as you can see in the photos below.
“There is too much focus on brands of vaccines and misinformation on social media and from word of mouth. Every Covid -19 vaccine can help in preventing the virus and especially in stopping serious symptoms. The faster we can get Pattaya and Banglamung vaccinated, the faster we can safely reopen all of our businesses and welcome back tourism both domestic and foreign, as well as resume events to bring visitors to the area to help business owners. To be vaccinated is better than non-vaccinated.” The Mayor added.
“If 70 percent of Pattaya residents are vaccinated, we can fully re-open Pattaya and be confident in our measures around controlling the virus.” The Mayor stated.
“20,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine are set to arrive in Banglamung soon. Vaccination dates have also been slightly postponed due to the lack of trained medical staff for this first major batch of vaccines but the inoculations will begin soon. We encourage residents to use the online application to register or they can call 1337 and register over the phone. We also will be accepting walk-ins in the near future, please wait for more information. As for foreign residents of Chonburi and Pattaya, they will be welcome as well and an English mobile application is under development by the Thai Government for registration, or they can also call 1337 or walk in when that process is available. This should be in the near future. It is important that everyone, regardless of where they are from, is vaccinated.” Sonthaya continued.
“In June, we will receive more vaccines (primarily locally produced Astrazeneca) for residents in Banglamung and Pattaya as Pattaya is one of the five main tourist destinations and priority zones in Thailand. The goal is to get Pattaya and Banglamung vaccinated by at least 70% in the next few months so we can fully re-open to vaccinated foreign tourists by October.” The Mayor concluded.
The Pattaya News notes that some private hospitals have also begun accepting registrations for vaccines, but these would need payment and would likely be Moderna. Not every hospital is yet accepting registration and there is no guarantee when the vaccines will arrive or the exact cost.
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