‘Koh Si Chang Model’ targeting 100 % of eligible island residents to be vaccinated against Covid-19

Photo courtesy of The Bangkok Times

Koh Si Chang, Si Racha, Chonburi –

A Covid -19 vaccination campaign on Koh Si Chang is targeting to vaccinate all eligible residents on the island as a model to restore tourism, although it will not be compulsory.

The vaccination campaign began at the Koh Si Chang Hospital yesterday (May 21st).

The Chonburi Vice-Governor Mr. Tawatchai Sithong visited residents and medical staffers at the Koh Sichang Hospital during the vaccination campaign.

Photo courtesy of The Bangkok Times

The Koh Si Chang Mayor Mr. Damrong Paetra, who was also at the event, told The Pattaya News, “Koh Si Chang has been affected in the pandemic as the main economy here is from tourism, especially foreign although domestic is significant as well.”

“Our plan is to make the island as a model to vaccinate all eligible residents on the island in order to restore our local economy.”

“In the future, we ‘might’ have a rule in which anyone who wants to visit Koh Si Chang should be vaccinated or have proof of a similar status. However, this is still in deep discussion and not set in stone.” The Mayor continued.

“The Koh Si Chang Model can be easily done as it is a small island where travel restrictions are controlled.” The Mayor concluded.

Koh Si Chang has about 4,000 residents and the Chonburi government is partnering with the tourist-reliant island to provide vaccines for all eligible residents, which doesn’t include children or foreign residents at this time. Foreigners, however, will be able to register in early June according to announcements by the Thai Government yesterday. Due to their small number of residents, Koh Si Chang is aiming to be one of the first places in Thailand to reach the Thai goal of about 70 percent of their citizens vaccinated to progress to what they hope will be herd immunity.

SOURCE: The Bangkok Times

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