Thai Bits: Phang Nga Opening To Travelers Delayed To August 15, 2021, Thai August Vaccination Plan To Include People and Expats 18 and Up

Phang Nga Reopening To Be Delayed To August 15

The opening of Phang Nga to overseas travelers has been postponed until August 15, 2021, and the extension to the Phuket Sandbox, which includes a sealed route to Phang Nga, has been postponed indefinitely.
Initially, the province’s reopening to foreign tourists under the “Phang Nga Prompt” campaign was set for August 1, but the plan has not yet been approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
As a result of the move, local and national disease control measures have been tightened. With the exception of emergency vehicles and those delivering medicine or other essential supplies, both Phuket and Phang Nga are closing their borders to the general public. As a spokesperson for the CCSA stated, “entry to the province is prohibited by land, air, and sea.”
After their first seven days, travelers who are immunized against Covid-19 can enter Phuket and travel to approved islands in Phang Nga, Surat Thani, and Krabi with the “Phang Nga Prompt” travel scheme. Before traveling to other islands, travelers would need to test negative for Covid-19.
Within the province of Surat Thani, Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Koh Tao are among the islands. In Krabi province, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai, and Railay Beach are among the islands.
In addition, Jamroen Thippayaphongthada, governor of Phang Nga, announced Friday that the province’s “integration with Mor Chana contact tracing platform is not yet completed” and a new cluster of Covid-19 has been detected. In Phang Nga, 19 cases of Covid-19 were reported today, four yesterday, and 41 recently. The governor says officials need more time to “publicize disease control measures at the community level.”
It was estimated earlier that the reopening scheme would attract 20,000 tourists to the province in the first month and generate more than 2.6 billion baht.

Thailand Vaccination Plan For August Includes People and Expats 18 And Up

Thailand’s mass vaccination campaign against Covid-19 is now open to the general public who are at least 18 years old, including foreign residents. Those who are 60 and over and those with underlying conditions that could put them at risk of severe infection if they contract Covid-19 are still given priority.
Thailand plans to have 80% of Bangkok residents vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of this month as well as 70% of residents in other 28 “dark-red” provinces, says deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Recently, the Ministry of Public Health has adjusted its vaccination plan, extending it, of course, to the general public.”
In the Thai government’s immunization campaign, 17.8 million doses of Covid-19 have been administered. Thailand’s tourist islands Phuket and Koh Samui, which are of considerable economic importance, were given priority during the campaign. Vaccinations were accelerated on these islands in advance of the July offer of “Phuket Sandbox” and “Samui Plus” travel schemes.
Thailand’s government has focused its efforts on vaccinating vulnerable groups in high-risk areas, particularly those in Bangkok, the epicenter of the recent virus wave. The virus has reached record levels recently, and the Delta variant has been detected.
Vaccination plan for August 2021:
80% of residents in Bangkok, Thailand’s epicenter of the latest wave of Covid-19.
70% of residents in the other 28 “dark red” provinces are under maximum and strict control.
50% of residents in other provinces.

According to Natapanu, around 12,000 foreign residents (there are 300,000 Expats in Thailand) were vaccinated against Covid-19 under the Thai government’s campaign, including elderly ex-pats, those with underlying conditions, teachers, diplomats, and those involved with international organizations.
In addition to 1.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine donated by the United States to Thailand, 150,000 doses have been allocated to foreign residents.
Natapanu says people 60 and older, as well as those with one of the specified underlying conditions, still have priority. Those who registered in the previous phase are still in the system and will be contacted soon.
After it was launched, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Health’s website had an apparent data breach where names, emails, and registration numbers were exposed, a similar problem to the previous registration site ThailandIntervac.com.
According to Tanee Sangra, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nearly 17,000 foreigners registered for the Covid-19 vaccine via the site despite the glitch.

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