Some Koh Larn residents to get a third Covid-19 vaccine shot as booster prior to planned November “opening”

Koh Larn –

Residents on Koh Larn, as a major Pattaya domestic and foreign tourist destination, are set to get a third Covid-19 vaccine shot as a booster, according to the Pattaya Mayor.

The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplome told The Pattaya News earlier this week, “People on Koh Larn who have already get their first and second dose of a Sinovac vaccine from March to May will receive a third dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is due to concerns about efficacy over time, as well as the severe importance of Koh Larn to the tourism economy as Pattaya plans to reopen to foreign vaccinated tourists in November.”

TPN media notes that the planned “opening” is not yet official and still needs several levels of final approval.

“There are 980 people on Koh Larn who will receive a third Covid-19 shot as a booster. We have already requested the Public Health Department for the vaccine. Koh Larn has been highly vaccinated against Covid-19 for some time now and other than children, nearly every single person on the island has been vaccinated. The island has about 2,500 permanent residents, we are mostly focused on the earliest adopters of the vaccine for a booster shot as well as those who are elderly and the most vulnerable. Koh Larn has already seen a major pickup in domestic tourists over the past several weekends so protecting the residents, and as a result, their economy which is nearly entirely reliant on tourism is important.” The Mayor added.

“We are also looking at the earliest adopters of the vaccine and the most elderly and vulnerable in Pattaya and Sattahip for a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as a booster as well prior to the planned November opening to protect our community.” The Mayor concluded.


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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 more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also 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.