The Thai Government Official Policy: No Expat Discrimination When It Comes To COVID-19 Vaccines

The Thai government made a declaration on Thursday, April 6th, 2021, that the three million Expats in Thailand have the same right as Thais to get the COVID-19 vaccinations as Thailand wants to achieve herd immunity.
The official Thai policy will be that everyone in Thailand has a right to the vaccine, no matter if you are Thai or an Expat.
Rungruang Kipati, a spokesperson for the Thai Public Health Ministry, that the vaccinations will be done with a person’s consent and without discrimination.
Some Expats have expressed their displeasure with the lack of information from the Thai government. They also don’t like the lack of private vaccines and the registration for vaccines. They have expressed their anger on social media.
In 2021, the population of Thailand is considered to be 70 million There million are long-term Expats.
The Public Health Ministry wants to achieve hed immunity and they believe that they can do that by achieving 70 percent immunization.
In Samut Sakhon, many legally registered immigrants have been vaccinated.
Expats can contact their own embassy to talk about whether they want a vaccination or not.
(I did contact the US embassy and they said no. I will email them to see if they have changed their policy.)
The foreigners that get the vaccination first will be risky groups like healthcare staff, the elderly, Expats in at-risk areas, and the Expats with underlying disease.
Currently, only Thai frontline workers are getting their vaccinations as there is only a small stock of 3.5 million Sinovac doses.
The main stock of vaccines will come from a local Thai manufacturer, who is going to supply the AstraZeneca vaccine next month.
Foreign Ministry official Pensom Lertsithichai acknowledged that foreigners were unable to apply for vaccines via the Mor Prom medical app or Line account, but that the Public Heath Ministry was working on the issue and hoped it would be updated by next month.
A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the ministry is striving to help foreigners, so they can either use the mobile app or contact hospitals directly and register to be vaccinated.
She said the second phase would begin in June and run until the end of this year. The public and foreigners, depending on their affiliation with the at-risk groups, would be included in this phase.
With regard to Mor Prom, the medical application, and Line Official platforms, she stated that the system currently does not allow foreigners to register for a vaccination, however, the Public Health Ministry hopes to have it changed by June.
Also, foreigners might be able to contact hospitals directly, she said.
State sector officials had also insisted the only way for the private sector to access vaccines was through vaccination purchased by them.
This is because vaccine producer usually does not sell vaccines to the private sector but rather goes through the government. Therefore, public entities such as the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation can act on behalf of the private sector in securing supplies she added.
The vaccine manufacturer usually only sells vaccines to the government, and therefore, public entities such as the Government Pharmaceutical Organization can act on behalf of the private sector in securing vaccine supplies she explained.

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