Pattaya City has ordered 100,000 doses of the Sinopharm Covid -19 vaccine from the Chulabhorn Royal Academy, confirmed the Pattaya City Mayor today, marking a major step after the Thai government recently allowed private organizations and governments to order Covid-19 vaccines with their own budgets.
The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume told The Pattaya News, “We have ordered 100,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from the Chulabhorn Royal Academy.”
“The vaccine costs 888 baht per dose in which 8.8 million baht has been approved to pay for those vaccines from the Pattaya City budget which we specifically brought together for this purpose and in order to expedite getting Pattaya vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible so that we can fully reopen all business sectors and open the city to domestic and foreign tourists.” The Mayor continued.
“About 50,000 people in Pattaya will be vaccinated utilizing this batch of vaccines. This will be in addition to regular supplies of vaccines under the regular government program. There are now an estimated 120,000 people living in Pattaya, which includes the greater Pattaya area of Nongprue, Banglamung, Pong, and outlying areas. About 80,000 people are aged more than 19 years old and would qualify for being able to take a Covid-19 vaccine under current Thai FDA guidelines.” The Mayor explained.
“Registration for the vaccines will be online as well as paper registration in local communities.” The Mayor stated, referring to multiple registration campaigns.
“When the vaccine arrives in Pattaya, pre-registered applicants will be notified via messages or phone calls.” The Mayor concluded.
An exact arrival date of the vaccines was not given or estimated.
The Mayor did not specifically address foreigners interested in registering for a vaccine but has previously noted that all foreign residents would be eligible to “eventually” register for a vaccine. The vaccine registration program in Chonburi is currently primarily centered on Thai nationals over the age of sixty or those with certain health conditions in several categories that could cause complications if they caught Covid-19. The current vaccination program is based on house registration in Pattaya although may be opened wider in the near future according to the Mayor.
These vaccines will be provided as part of the overall Pattaya vaccination campaign. For people interested in purchasing their own vaccine, such as Moderna, they may be able to register at participating hospitals in the area. As this list of hospitals changes rapidly, we encourage readers to check their own hospitals and check in advance. Supplies could also be a ways off, with some hospitals estimating October.
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