Pattaya continues to vaccinate market workers against the Covid-19 coronavirus. Earlier this week, (July 13th) 1,439 people have been vaccinated in total.
The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunploem told The Pattaya News, “The vaccination campaign is currently the main focus for market clusters to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus at over a dozen markets in Pattaya. These are considered high-risk areas for spreading the virus and a top focus.”
“The vaccination campaign took place at the Pattaya City Hospital with Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines for people who had previously registered via the ‘Mor Prom’ application.” The Mayor added.
“People aged not more than 59 years old received the Sinovac vaccine while elders and people who have personal health issues received AstraZeneca.” The Mayor explained.
“This time in total 1,439 people have been vaccinated,” Sonthaya said.
“Our goal as Chonburi leadership is to find more confirmed cases as fast as possible and at the same time to get rid of the virus from our local community.” The Mayor concluded.
TPN media notes that the supply of vaccines distributed from the central government to Pattaya has been a trickle, to say the least. This is primarily due to a current Thai government plan to distribute over 80% of available vaccines to the Bangkok area as the epicenter of the current Covid-19 outbreaks in Thailand. Only a few thousand doses have been allocated from the central government to Pattaya and Chonburi over the past several weeks, according to the Public Health Ministry.
TPN media gets many comments from foreign residents struggling to find vaccines or wishing to register, however, even for local Thai national residents the vaccine program in Chonburi has yet to accelerate at a speed that would please both local officials and residents. (A foreign registration program has not yet been universally implemented in Chonburi to the general public, unlike some other provinces, due to allocations of the vaccine.) According to Mayor Khunplume, this should change in the near future as privately purchased Sinopharm vaccines, enough for 50,000 Pattaya residents, arrive and distributions of vaccines from the central government to Pattaya increase.
In theory, Pattaya specifically is considered a high-priority zone for the country due to its economic importance to tourism and the Eastern Economic Corridor industrial projects. However, other areas such as Bangkok and Phuket/Koh Samui with “Sandbox” programs to welcome foreign vaccinated tourists took a higher rung in the ladder, so to speak. The hope is that as these areas reach their targeted goals Pattaya will begin to be allocated significantly more vaccines in the next several weeks.
They will need to do so if Pattaya is to reach 70% of the local population vaccinated against Covid-19, the goal in order to begin to welcome foreign vaccinated tourists and recover the devastated local economy. Pattaya’s economy is nearly completely reliant on tourism, especially from the nightlife and entertainment sector which has been shuttered for over three months by Thai government orders.
Pattaya hopes to launch its own program for foreign vaccinated tourists later this year but will need to accelerate vaccines to a warp speed in order to do so.
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