Pattaya and Banglamung rollout second doses of Covid-19 vaccines to selected groups

Banglamung –

People in Pattaya and Banglamung received a second injection of Covid -19 Sinovac vaccines today (June 3rd) at a total of 20,000 doses allocated according to Pattaya City officials and the Chonburi Department of Public Health.

The Covid -19 second injection vaccination campaign started today (June 3rd) at the Eastern Indoor Athletics Stadium for people who had already registered and had already received the first injection. It was not a “walk-in” registration and, for the most part, was Thai nationals only in specific groups according to the Chonburi Public Health Department.

The main site for the second injection was the Eastern Indoor Athletics Stadium as seen in the photos, although four smaller injection sites were also utilized according to officials such as the Pong municipality and some doses were reportedly being brought specifically to pre-registered groups that could not get to designated vaccination centers such as the disabled or vulnerable.

Mrs. Paradee Waksopa the Banglamung Administrative Chief Officer told The Pattaya News, “Most people who have received the vaccine this morning are teachers, first responders, and police officers who were registered previously due to being in “high-risk” groups for contact with many people and the public.”

“About 600 -700 people were injected per hour at the Eastern Sports Stadium. There will be in total 3,876 people who are receiving the second injection today at the stadium, not counting other locations where vaccinations are taking place.”

The Pattaya City Deputy Mayor Manot Nongyai told The Pattaya News, “Today the vaccination program is expected to be done by 4:00 P.M.”

According to the deputy mayor, there had been no documented incidents of side effects after vaccinations today, with all those vaccinated required to wait at least thirty minutes after being vaccinated to be monitored for any potential issues.

TPN media has had lots of questions about foreigners being able to register/receive a Covid-19 vaccine as part of the government program. Although the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, has reported multiple times that foreigners can start registration from June 7th at government hospitals that have their health records, we have many messages and e-mails from readers who state that their local hospitals have stated this won’t be happening or they are not taking registrations.

Based on the information released so far, it appears that the date of June 7th is more of a “starting date” and not a guaranteed date that every foreigner in every province and area of the country will be able to register, let alone know when they can get a Covid-19 vaccine. While it is true that there have been reports of some foreigners being vaccinated who have work permits in “high-risk” fields, and some provinces like Phuket and Hua Hin have started vaccinating some foreigners (again, mostly with work permits) as a whole many foreigners, especially the vulnerable retiree group, remain waiting for solid information.

Chonburi is still determining their overall allocation of upcoming vaccines for this month from the Thai Government, which is another reason municipalities and hospitals have likely so far declined to register foreigners or start lists until they are sure they have the supply. Pattaya has offered to buy vaccines from their own budget but needs government permission to do so.

Some hospitals in Thailand have reportedly added people to lists for privately paid vaccines, however, the reality is there is no idea when these will be in stock or how long the wait will take place.

The bottom line is the current vaccine situation is, put politely, rapidly changing and fluid with regular adjustments to “policy”. Thailand has stated multiple times foreign residents WILL be able to take part in the vaccine program, but as for exactly when a foreign resident can get a vaccine shot is still unclear. Foreigners should expect and be aware of this fact when looking into potentially securing a vaccine registration and do their best to keep their patience during a difficult situation. We will provide solid updates as we get them, but currently, the information strongly differs from province to city, to even municipality and visa status and there is no “overall” update for all foreign residents.

We will have more on this situation over the weekend.


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for five years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.