Thailand is preparing to order another 25 million doses of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines within June, the Director-General of the Department of Disease Control stated at a daily briefing today, June 4th.
Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong stated that next Monday, June 7th, marks a milestone for everyone in Thailand, despite nationalities and ages, to start to register and receive their first shot of Covid-19 vaccination for free of charge as ordered by Prime Minister Prayut Chan O’Cha. (Editor’s Note-These statements are the doctors, we are aware hospital statements and local statements around vaccine registration may differ depending on location, Keep in mind June 7th is a starting date, not a guaranteed date that everyone will be able to register or get a vaccine from this date.)
“From February 28th to May 31st, a total of 3,644,859 out of 4 million doses have been inoculated in Thailand, especially in high-infection areas such as Bangkok where 1 million shots have been distributed,” the Director-General added. (Note: Many of these were first shots only.)
In 2021, Thailand targets 100 million doses in terms of a total Covid-19 vaccine supply. An additional 50 million doses are planned to be delivered in 2022 to control any further outbreak, to build herd immunity as well as to stimulate individual immunity.
The Prime Minister had ordered to provide 25 million doses of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines, although when they will arrive is not clear and may not be until much later in the year. Meanwhile, an additional 8 million doses of Sinovac will be arriving in the Kingdom within June, Dr, Opas added.
About 995 vaccination centers under the supervision of medical and hospital staff are deployed nationwide, ready to be operated next week. As for Bangkok, 71 vaccination centers are prepared for both Thai and foreign nationals to receive the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccination.
TPN Media notes that some provinces are still reporting a lack of vaccines due to the government adjusting the national vaccine allocation program to priority areas. Udon Thani, for instance, has had to delay most of their upcoming vaccination program slightly.
Additionally, there have been widespread reports of varied results around foreigners being able to register for a vaccine, despite government statements that all foreigners can register at their local municipalities or hospital with their health records as of next week. In Chiang Mai, for instance, a special online application has been set up for foreigner registration, but this is only for that province. Phuket still has widespread reports of only those with work permits being allowed to register currently despite planning to open to tourists in several weeks. In Chonburi, most hospitals are not allowing foreigner registration yet, stating they do not have any idea when they will get supplies of vaccines to fulfill demand.
We will provide further updates as we get them in terms of vaccines but advise our readers that currently, it can differ greatly for registration (which is no guarantee when one will be able to actually get inoculated) based on province, city, and even municipality and sub-district. We advise our readers to contact their hospital that has their health records or municipality directly with questions or the city call center at 1337.
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