Health officials stated that all foreign nationals residing in Thailand who have registered to get vaccines would start receiving their first COVID-19 shots from Monday.
According to Sophon Iamsirithaworn, Disease Control Department deputy director-general, the vaccination for foreign diplomats in the kingdom and the government’s mass vaccination program rollout would be executed on the same day.
They would be based upon an advanced reservation system, Dr. Sophon explained.
“Currently, we have started vaccinating diplomats and their families, and international organizations – such as UN staff, in which they have registered in advance to get a vaccine from designated hospitals,” Dr. Sophon added.
He also said that all diplomatic staff, international organizations staff in Thailand, and consular representatives were asked to register from June 1-6.
The booking, made through the website www.ThailandIntervac.com/diplomats, was required one day before the jab date. Besides, vaccination would take place at MedPark Hospital and Vimut Hospital, Dr. Sophon stated.
“For general foreigners, they can get the jab on the same day as Thais,” he told an online forum titled ‘Briefing for Thailand Journalists on the National Vaccine Rollout.’
“Emphasis should be given to the elderly and those who have seven underlying diseases,” he went on. The Public Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) organized the forum to provide information about the inoculation scheme to the media so they work in sync with authorities.
Dr. Sophon also mentioned that foreigners who want to get vaccinated must also register through www.ThailandIntervac.com.
Moreover, he assured that people who have booked through the Mor Prom app would receive an AstraZeneca shot. Dr. Sophon also said that Bangkok would get more vaccines than other provinces because it has a higher population and has recorded a higher COVID-19 spread.
“There will be almost one million doses of AstraZeneca and Sinovac altogether assigned to Bangkok. In the first two weeks, around five hundred thousand doses should be administered,” he added.
The government expects to receive 61 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca and around 10 to 15 million doses of Sinovac. Besides, the department is negotiating with Pfizer to acquire another 20 million shots and with Johnson & Johnson for another 5 million doses.