Foreign Embassies Tell Expats in Thailand That They Should Register For A New Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

Thai ex-pats learned on July 17, 2021, of yet another chance to receive a Coronavirus vaccine. The opportunity to register had already passed by the time most could access the site.
On Saturday morning, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Austria sent messages to their citizens saying that the Thai government had allocated an unspecified number of doses to foreigners.
The shots were scheduled to be given on Sunday at the SCG headquarters in Bang Sue, Bangkok, and anyone interested in getting a shot had to fill out an online form by noon Saturday. By the time foreigners learned about the offer, it was Saturday afternoon.
According to a post from the Australian Embassy on Saturday morning, vaccines will be available from July 18, 2021, for those who registered before July 17, 2021. The number of people who were fortunate enough to have been online at the time to sign up is unknown.
The embassy said those who were successful would be contacted by email about their appointments.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Vaccinations available for Australian nationals in Thailand. Australians wishing to be vaccinated need to register using this online form [] by 17 July 2021.
— Allan McKinnon (@AusAmbBKK) July 16, 2021

According to the Canadian Embassy, its citizens could sign up for an AstraZeneca jab through noon Saturday, and they would be contacted – again, by email – by 8 pm the same day if their application was successful.
“The Government of Canada is only acting as a messenger in this initiative, and makes no warranties or representations about the safety or efficacy of the vaccine,” it stated.
There were few details available about the vaccine initiative, such as which Thai government agency had organized it on such short notice, whether another session was planned, or how many doses were available.
It is difficult for many ex-pats in Thailand to register for shots, even if they are over 60 or in a high-risk group. Thailand’s and foreigners’ online registration systems have generally been non-functional.
Expats took to heart the Thailandintervac site when it came online, but it quickly went into sleep mode.
A second online registration portal for foreigners is in the works, according to Tanee Sangrat, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Thailand’s government is committed to ensuring foreigners residing in Thailand have access to COVID-19 vaccines. Ex-pats wishing to be vaccinated can register online with the MFA in cooperation with MOPH, details of which will be announced in due course.
— Tanee Sangrat (@SangratTanee)

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