Banglamung residents received their first dose of a Pfizer Covid -19 vaccine in a total of 2,300 doses earlier this week.
Yesterday, (August 16th), Banglamung residents who have a local house registration and met eligibility requirements arrived at the Indoor Athletics Stadium at Soi Chaiyapruek around 7:30 A.M. However, as seen in the photos, many people not eligible also arrived at the stadium after hearing about the vaccination on social media, hoping to get a vaccine. Unfortunately, that didn’t take place and led to temporary crowding.
There were two groups of residents who were eligible which were 1,300 people who had registered with the Banglamung Hospital and 1,300 people who walked-in for the vaccine. The “walk-ins” however, were not a general public walk-in and were based on specific members of the community invited to attend if they wished who met eligible criteria, as seen below. There was, according to officials, some miscommunication and misunderstandings on some social media which led to some residents thinking the vaccines were for the general public when this was not the case.
For walk-ins, there were 300 people aged between 12 to 18-years-old who have chronic health problems and obesity, 100 pregnant women, 300 elderly, 300 people who have chronic health problems, and 300 with other eligible health issues. These people had to present medical documents to prove they were eligible for a vaccine. Currently, the program is aimed at those registered as Pattaya residents (house registration) over 60, or with seven chronic health conditions.
According to the Chonburi Public Health Department, many people came to the sports stadium after hearing about the inoculations, leading to crowding. Many of them were not eligible. TPN media did not post about this on our English channels in advance as this was not an “open registration” for foreign nationals or the majority of the general public and it would have caused further confusion and disappointment. An extended inoculation program for the general public should be coming in the “near future” according to Chonburi officials, but they could not promise an exact date or promise that everyone would be able to choose the vaccine of their choice.
TPN media notes that although the situation is starting to gradually improve in terms of vaccine supply, allocation to Chonburi, in particular, remains low. It is hoped, however, that the situation will improve further over the next several weeks.
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