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Vaccinated Expats Can Now Come To Phuket Without Being Quarantined

July 2, 2021

For the first time in over 15 months, Thailand’s popular resort island of Phuket is allowing vaccinated international travelers to enter without quarantine restrictions.
On July 1, at around 11 a.m., 25 passengers arrived at Phuket International Airport on a direct flight from Abu Dhabi. It was the first of four flights due to arrive on Thursday, carrying approximately 400 vaccinated tourists from Doha, Tel Aviv, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi as part of the new “Phuket Sandbox” program.
For the first time in over 15 months, Thailand’s popular resort island of Phuket is allowing vaccinated international travelers to enter without quarantine restrictions.
On July 1, at around 11 a.m., 25 passengers arrived at Phuket International Airport on a direct flight from Abu Dhabi. It was the first of four flights due to arrive on Thursday, carrying approximately 400 vaccinated tourists from Doha, Tel Aviv, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi as part of the new “Phuket Sandbox” program.
The July 1 opening is viewed as largely symbolic, and not expected to lead to a windfall in tourism numbers.
Phiphat estimates about 100,000 international tourists will arrive in Phuket during the first three months of reopening, generating around 9 billion baht in revenue.
Off the island, the country continues to battle its third and worst Covid-19 wave since the start of the pandemic. On Thursday, Thailand reported a record-high 57 Covid-19 deaths and 5,533 new cases, mostly in Bangkok.
The total death toll stands at 2,080 since the start of the pandemic.
However, Phiphat says “Phuket is currently perfectly fit for travel” despite the rise in overall coronavirus cases in Thailand.
“If you look at the nationwide infection number, we would say we are not ready. If you focus only on Phuket, where we have laid our groundwork for more than three months, I would say that Phuket is 100% ready,” he said.
The reopening plan was reliant on efforts to vaccinate 70% of the island’s residents. More than 80% of the island’s population have been vaccinated with at least one dose, and about 65% were fully vaccinated as of June 30, according to Phuket’s public relations office.
Domestic travelers entering Phuket must have received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine or two doses of other brands, or have recovered from Covid-19 within 90 days.
Otherwise, they need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test conducted within seven days prior to their arrival.
these steps were taken to prevent infections from spreading to the island, with officials threatening to postpone Phuket’s reopening if daily Covid-19 cases rose into double digits on the island.
Phiphat says, if successful, officials will use the Phuket trial as a blueprint to open nine more popular tourist destinations on October 1: Bangkok, Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Petchaburi, Prachuap Kiri Khan, Phang Nga, Krabi, Surat Thani and Buriram.
Currently, Bangkok and five other provinces are under coronavirus restrictions for 30 days that came into effect on June 28 following a rise in Covid-19 cases.
Outside of Phuket, all incoming travelers must quarantine for 14 days in an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility.
For those who do wish to fly into Phuket, a list of conditions must be met.
Only travelers coming from pre-approved countries or territories are permitted to enter, and are required to stay in an accredited hotel for 14 days before traveling elsewhere in the country.
Visitors must apply for a Certificate of Entry. They will also need to provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $100,000, a negative PCR test was taken within 72 hours of departure and a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 with an approved vaccine administered no less than 14 days before their travel date.
Upon entering the country, travelers need to go through a series of screening checkpoints at the airport and will be subjected to a Covid-19 swab test. They will then need to await the results at their hotel before they are permitted to travel freely on the island. On day seven of their visit, they’ll be required to undergo a second Covid-19 test.
A full list of requirements can be found on the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website.

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The Myanmar Military Is Battling The Opposition Through The Judicial System

June 29, 2021

As it battles to consolidate control over a country in uprising, it has increasingly targeted lawyers representing political prisoners. At least five lawyers have been arrested across Myanmar over the past month for defending politicians and activists, an escalation of the military’s assault on the judiciary.
In late May, police arrested Thein Hlaing Tun, the lawyer of deposed Naypyidaw Council chairman Myo Aung, a co-defendant of Aung San Suu Kyi. The former elected leader of Myanmar was overthrown by the military on February 1 after her party, the National League for Democracy, had won the November election in a landslide.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which has been monitoring the situation, over 6,000 opponents have been arrested, charged, or sentenced since the coup.
Thein Hlaing Tun and five other lawyers were with their client on May 24, when he was arrested and charged under section 505A, an incitement charge that carries a three-year sentence and has become a favorite of generals. Myo Aung did not learn of the arrest until he met with the other lawyers on June 7, according to Khin Maung Zaw, a member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s defense team.
In a text message, Khin Maung Zaw announced that he had appointed new lawyers among us. Al Jazeera reported that “we’re worried about other lawyers,” and that the situation has become “very very difficult” due to the danger of harassment and arrest as well as internal disagreements about how to proceed in such a skewed system.
On May 28, 2021, a lawyer from Ayeyarwady Region was arrested while defending a political dissident in court. As reported by local media, she had taken on a few high-profile clients, including the superintendent of a hospital who went on strike rather than work under the military regime. A 505A charge was filed against her as well.

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230,000 People Displaced By Violence In Myanmar

June 25, 2021

The United Nations humanitarian agency estimates that 230,000 people have been displaced by violence and fighting in Myanmar this year and need assistance.

There has been turmoil in Myanmar since army chief Min Aung Hlaing led a coup against the elected government in February, resulting in nationwide protests, mass civil disobedience, and the formation of civilian armies.

In its report, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) concluded that displaced people and communities in affected areas require a large range of humanitarian assistance, including food and basic household materials, shelter, healthcare, water, sanitation, as well as psychosocial support.

Several UN agencies reported that relief operations were underway, but were hampered by armed clashes, violence, and insecurity in the country.

In Karen state bordering Thailand, 177,000 people have been displaced – 103,000 in the past month – and more than 20,000 are sheltering in over 100 displacement areas following clashes between the People’s Defense Forces and the army in Chin state bordering India.

Thousands of people have also fled the fighting in northern Kachin and Shan States, where ethnic minority armies have long been fighting the military.

Karen National Union (KNU), one of Myanmar’s leading ethnic minority armed groups, expressed concern about the loss of civilian lives, the escalating violence, and the excessive use of force by the military.

“The KNU will continue to fight military dictatorship and provide as much protection as possible to people and unarmed civilians,” the group said in a statement.

The protests took place in Kachin State, Dawei, Sagaing Region, and Yangon, with demonstrators carrying banners and making the three-finger gesture of defiance.

Recently, the army and a newly formed rebel group engaged in a fierce firefight in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, the first sign of armed clashes in a major urban center since the coup.

Myanmar has been racked by protests almost every day since the coup. An uprising in the country has been met with a brutal crackdown that has killed at least 877 civilians, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a local monitoring group, which the military regime has declared illegal.

As a diplomatic effort to end the crisis and initiate dialogue by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has failed, the generals are sticking by their plan of restoring order and holding a new election in two years.

Senior officials of the East Asian Summit, which includes ASEAN, were urged by the United States on Thursday to “take immediate action to hold the Burmese regime accountable to the ASEAN five-point consensus”. As part of the joint action, Senior Bureau Official Kin Moy called on the Burmese military to end the violence, release those unjustly detained, and restore Burma to the path of democracy.

Last week, the UN passed a resolution condemning the coup and calling on the military to stop violence against peaceful demonstrators, who continue to take to the streets every day.

The UN General Assembly resolution, however, did not call for a global arms embargo against Myanmar’s military.

Thai Tourism Authority Thinks 1,500 People Are Coming After July 1st Due To COVID-19 Sandbox Plan

June 25, 2021

Thailand’s Tourism Authority announced that 1,500 people are expected to arrive on July 1 for the opening of the much-maligned Phuket Sandbox. The governor of TAT said that 1,500 tickets have been booked for international flights to arrive in Phuket on the first day of reopening.
During the celebrations, the island intends to welcome back the first arrivals in over a year and a half. A total of 200 members of the media and international agencies have been invited to take part in the Phuket reopening.
To boost domestic tourism, promotions will also be launched to lure fully vaccinated Thais to the holiday island. TAT is partnering with a variety of tourism agencies and the Council and Chamber of Commerce of Thailand to create special programs to encourage vaccinated Thais to visit Phuket. Phuket is launching a tourism promotion called “Hug Thai, Chai Thai, Hug Travel”.
With 1,500 attendees, the kickoff is a promising start that will gradually grow through the end of the third quarter at the end of September. The government has now set a goal for 100,000 international tourists to arrive in Phuket between July 1 and September 30. The hope is that this will generate some tourism revenue, certainly more than the island province has seen since the Covid-19 pandemic started.
There are still hurdles to be overcome before the Phuket Sandbox reopens. As a result of the travel restrictions for the first 14 days of international arrivals, the province is setting up a tourist tracking center. Owners of bars and entertainment venues on the island are angry and are rallying to reopen when tourists return. There has been little assistance to local businesses, and there is little nightlife or even a nightcap for tourists that arrive.
The TAT also addressed the infection rate in Phuket at the moment, saying that it is in the single digits daily and asking for the public’s trust. The government claims to control and manage infection with strict safety measures and the SHA Plus certification program that ensures businesses follow the rules.

The Myanmar Coup Has Made The World Refugee Problem Worse

June 22, 2021

The United Nations refugee agency reports that a record 82.4 million people have been displaced worldwide in 2020 because of violence and persecution, including 680,000 in Myanmar following ethnic conflict and the recent military coup.

According to UNHCR Director Indrika Ratwatte, in Bangkok on Friday, there have been an estimated 200,000 more internally displaced people (IDPs) within Myanmar since the removal of Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government in February 2021.

The majority of the recent IDPs come from the states of Kayah and Kayin, where ethnic groups are engaged in armed combat with the military. There are also tens of thousands of displaced people in Shan and Kachin states.

Ratwatte said the situation in Myanmar is of extreme concern, adding that life-saving assistance must be provided to the Myanmar refugees.

After a military crackdown in 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled to neighboring Bangladesh, while more than 100,000 of the persecuted minority remain in camps in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Forcibly displaced individuals continue to be a global phenomenon, and the numbers are increasing every day, he said.

According to the report, children make up 42 percent of all refugees worldwide, with nearly one million of them born as refugees between 2018 and 2020.

Nearly two-thirds of all people who fled abroad came from just five countries, including 6.7 million from Syria, 4 million from Venezuela, 2.6 million from Afghanistan, 2.2 million from South Sudan, and 1.1 million from Myanmar.

A record low of only 37,000 refugees were resettled in a third country in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many countries closed their borders because they feared infection vectors, which also meant that those seeking protection had limited access,” he said.

Ratwatte cited the plight of Rohingya, about 200 of whom died last year while attempting to cross from Bangladesh to a third country.

According to the report, the record number of refugees in 2020 is four percent higher than the previous record of 79.5 million refugees in 2019.

UNHCR oversees about 20.7 million refugees, including 5.7 million Palestinians and 3.9 million Venezuelans.

More than 800,000 Rohingya refugees have registered with the UNHCR in Bangladesh since the latest influx in August 2017. However, the actual number is likely to be much higher since some of them have not been registered, or arrived during earlier waves of mass migration.

“This is a group of people living in 34 refugee camps in an area with about 40,000 people per square kilometer of population density,” Saleh said.

The Rohingya refugees have become more vulnerable to the COVID pandemic, which, like most other countries, has hit Bangladesh.

The government in Dhaka has managed the disease’s spread in the country, as well as in the camps, but the situation remains “unpredictable” with COVID vaccines still in short supply, Saleh said.

A massive fire in Rohingya camps in recent months further worsened the refugees’ already dire situation, destroying about 10,000 of their shelters and making 60,000 of them homeless.

UNHCR reported that millions of people were displaced within their own countries as well as fleeing across borders.

Nader Nadery, a member of Afghanistan’s peace negotiating panel, said armed violence remained the driving force behind Afghanistan’s refugee crisis.

“Unfortunately, that is not likely to change anytime soon,” Nadery said, predicting that factors driving the refugee crisis will continue.

The violence has increased since the United States announced its withdrawal of coalition troops, with the Taliban and other armed groups increasing attacks on towns and villages, he said. There has also been an increase in targeted killings against certain sectors of society and ethnic groups, such as Hazaras.

The ongoing drought in Afghanistan has also contributed to the displacement, as has the continuing spread of COVID-19, Nadery said. At least 3,800 deaths have been reported due to COVID in the country so far.

There Is Now A COVID-19 Samui Plus Plan That Starts Mid-July

June 22, 2021

The “Samui Plus” travel scheme will reopen on July 15th, 2021. Islands in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Surat Thani, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao are expected to reopen to travellers who are vaccinated against Covid-19.

Initially called the “Samui Sealed Route,” the proposed travel scheme would allow those who were vaccinated to enter Koh Samui without having to undergo a 14-day quarantine. After 3 days in a hotel or resort on the island, travellers can go to specified locations, most likely with a tour guide. After a week, travellers will be able to travel to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. After 14 days, travelers can travel throughout Thailand.

Days 1 to 3: Guests must stay at their hotels, but they can leave their rooms and use the facilities and services at the hotel.

Days 4 to 7: Travelers can visit specific destinations on Koh Samui.

Days 8 to 14: Travelers can visit Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

To travel to the islands under the proposed plan, one must be fully immunized against Covid-19 using a brand approved by the World Health Organization or registered for use in Thailand.

Travelers from countries that are classified by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health as low to medium risk of contracting Covid-19 will be eligible for the program. Upon entering Thailand, travelers must have stayed in that country for at least 21 days. The ministry regularly updates the list of countries based on the risk of Covid-19.

Before arriving on the islands, travelers will need to…

Be sure to have a certificate verifying the last vaccination occurred at least 14 days before traveling.
Get a medicate certificate with a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result no more than 72 hours before departure.
Maintain a Covid-19 health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $100,000.
Get a Certificate of Entry or COE.
Choose an alternative local quarantine hotel or resort.
After arriving on the island…

Travelers must take the Covid-19 test.
Get the alert app and install it.
Getg the test results and check-in at the prebooked hotel.

American Reporter Appears In Myanmar Court

June 19, 2021

Fenster, a US journalist who was detained in Myanmar over three weeks ago, appeared in court in Yangon, according to Frontier Myanmar, the news publication for which he is managing editor.
The military detained the 37-year-old on May 24 at Yangon International Airport before he could board a flight to Kuala Lumpur. He was on his way to see his family in Detroit.
In the 25 days since his detention, he had not been heard from.
The Frontier Myanmar reports that Fenster, who appeared at a special court in Yangon’s Insein prison recently, was charged under section 505a of Myanmar’s penal code, which carries a possible three-year sentence.
It is unlawful to publish or circulate statements that “cause fear,” spread “false news,” or incite government employees. Since the military seized power in March, dozens of journalists have been charged under this section.
Aung San Suu Kyi, a former civil leader of Myanmar, was ousted from power during the coup, which was followed by a widespread crackdown on dissent.
Junta troops burn Myanmar village to the ground after fighting, residents say
Junta troops burn Myanmar village to the ground after fighting, residents say
Danny was remanded to Insein Prison for two weeks and will appear in court again on July 1, 2021, Frontier Myanmar said. “No reason was given for the filing of the charge against him,” Frontier Myanmar said.
In spite of this, we have no evidence that Danny has committed any offense worthy of a 505a charge. We demand Danny’s release without condition.
Bryan Fenster’s reaction to the news was a mixture of relief and anger.
“Finally, some movement, but our frustration is mounting. A hearing without official communication from the US Embassy or our family,” Bryan wrote in the “Bring Danny Home” Facebook group.
“Continued detention without access to legal counsel or official charges against Danny; denial of US Consulate access to both Danny and his hearing, despite repeated requests in the last 25 days.”
Clearly, this is a flagrant disregard for international law and a flagrant violation of human rights. Danny must be released immediately.”
Recently, a US State Department spokesperson told CNN that the US Embassy in Myanmar had been unable to access Fenster.
A spokesperson for the regime said consular officers have requested to see Daniel, but have not yet been granted access.
Our call is to the Burmese regime to grant consular access without delay, as required by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and to ensure that Daniel is treated properly while he remains in detention.”
In order to press American politicians to assist in bringing their son back home, the Fenster family has created a petition on MoveOn.
Danny Fenster’s mother, Rose Fenster, called for his release on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” last month.
It’s a nightmare; it’s a feeling of being powerless. It’s heartbreaking,” she said.
“I just want my son back home, no matter what it takes. “Release him and send him home to his family.”
Nathan Maung, a US citizen detained since March 9, was released earlier this week by Myanmar authorities. The co-founder and editor-in-chief of Myanmar’s online news site Kamayut Media, Muang is also a journalist.
Insein Prison held him for more than two months. CNN reported that he and Hanthar Nyein were tortured in an interrogation center after they were arrested.

American Reporter Released From Myanmar Prison

June 16, 2021

Nathan Maung’s lawyer Tin Zar Oo announced recently that the police chief withdrew the charges against her client. He was initially accused of spreading misinformation.As for why the charges were dropped, Tin Zar Oo said, “the main reason is that the US Embassy was calling for the rights of their citizen and we prepared all the documents for him. I think Nathan Maung was released because both the embassy and the lawyers communicated with each other well.”Nathan Maung and Hanthar Nyein were charged with crimes under section 505a of Myanmar’s penal code — a law amended by the military making it illegal to publish or circulate comments that spread misinformation or incite government officials.Nathan Maung’s charges were dropped, but Hanthar Nyein remains in prison on charges of spreading misinformation. Tin Zar Oo said she believes he will face further charges, but this has yet to be confirmed.Nathan Maung was happy to be freed, but Hanthar Nyein remains behind bars, according to Tin Zar Oo.”I saw him with a sad face,” she said. “He told us he would do everything in his power to free Hanthar.”He was taking a Covid test on Monday, and his family who live in Myanmar allowed him to meet them, she said. He was to leave the country at 7:40 a.m. local time on a ticket arranged by the US Embassy, she said.State Department officials said they are following the case very closely, but did not have any new information to share at this time.Since the military took over on February 1, 2021, more than 860 people have been killed by junta-led security forces and at least 6,046 have been arrested for all sorts of crimes, including protesters, activists, journalists, celebrities, and government officials.The junta also suppressed information by suspending the licenses of independent media houses, raiding media offices, and issuing arrest warrants for journalists.As a result of the conflict, many media workers have fled abroad or fled to rebel-controlled jungles. To avoid arrest, those who remain in the cities have gone into hiding and switch safe houses every few days.Reporting ASEAN documented that 87 journalists have been arrested, with 51 still in detention.On the same day that Nathan Maung was released, the trial of ousted civil leader Aung San Suu Kyi began. As part of the first criminal proceedings against Suu Kyi, a court in the capital heard three charges, including that she violated a communications law by using walkie-talkie radios and had violated coronavirus restrictions during her election campaign last year.Additionally, the court heard a case against deposed president U Win Myint for alleged violations of disaster management laws.On two other counts, Suu Kyi’s trial will soon resume, while the most serious charges against her, namely corruption and violations of the State Secrets Act, have not yet been assigned a trial date.The court proceedings have been called a “show trial” and a “political spectacle intended to discredit Aung San Suu Kyi and the democratic opposition.”

Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s Trial Started As Expected On June 14, 2021

June 15, 2021

More than four months after the military seized power, deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi began her trial on June 14, 2021. 
It has brought an eclectic mix of charges against Aung San Suu Kyi, who was just returned to office after winning landslides in elections last November 2021, including that she accepted gold payments illegally and violated a colonial-era secrecy law.
One witness testified that the 75-year-old woman broke coronavirus restrictions while campaigning during the polls, while another testified on separate charges accusing her of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies, the lawyer for the woman said.
Last week, Aung San Suu Kyi was charged with additional corruption for allegedly accepting $600,000 in cash and approximately 11kg (24.2 pounds) of gold.
Journalists were barred from attending court proceedings, and there was heavy police presence outside, according to an AFP reporter.
The trial is expected to be over by July 26, 2021, according to Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers, who have struggled to gain access to their clients.
A separate trial is scheduled to begin June 15, 2021,  over the sedition charges she faces alongside overthrown president Win Myint and another senior member of the NLD.
Aung San Suu Kyi faces more than a decade in jail if convicted of all charges.
“This is nothing more than a political show trial,” said Debbie Stothard, Coordinator of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma.
“Min Aung Hlaing [military chief] is determined to imprison Aung San Suu Kyi for the rest of her life. He probably would charge her under every law available to him.”
Aung San Suu Kyi was prevented from running for office because of political motives and bogus allegations.
The trial is part of an overall strategy to undermine Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy party as a force capable of challenging the military regime in the future, said deputy Asia director Phil Robertson.
Myanmar has been rocked by protests almost daily since the generals’ February 1, 2021 putsch. More than 850 civilians have been killed in a brutal military crackdown following a mass uprising, according to a local monitoring group.

Expats In Thailand Are Part Of The New COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

June 10, 2021

Thailand has administered nearly 900,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine since its mass immunization campaign began on June 9th, 2021, making progress toward the goal of 96 million doses in the next 200 days.
On February 28, 2021, the Thai government began distributing vaccines to those in priority areas and those at a high risk of infection. Anutin Charnvirakul is the first person in the country to receive China’s Sinovac vaccine. Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha later received an AstraZeneca vaccine.
Around 5.1 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered since February 28, 2021. Around 70 million people live in Thailand, and 300,000 are ex-pats.
As of now, Thailand has used Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines in its national campaign, but it is working on acquiring vaccines from other brands as well. Most of the doses administered so far have been Sinovac vaccines. AstraZeneca vaccine produced locally by Siam Bioscience has recently been approved for use.
According to Natapanu Nopakun, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 428,459 doses of the vaccine were administered yesterday and 472,128 doses today. Based on how many vaccines were administered in the past two days, he thinks Thailand is likely to reach its target.
In Thailand, there are now 993 vaccination centers, the largest of which is in Bangkok. Bangsue Central Vaccination Centre will provide 10,000 vaccinations per day.
The WHO representative in Thailand, Daniel A. Kertesz, says Thailand has made progress against COVID-19.
“Vaccines against COVID-19 work – they have saved thousands of lives around the world and they will do the same for Thais. Adults in Thailand should get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Thai health minister: “Everyone living in Thailand who wishes to be vaccinated will be vaccinated – for free.”
Foreigners who are 60 years of age or older or who have pre-existing medical conditions are eligible to register for vaccinations in the current phase. Bangkok and Chon Buri ex-pats can register at If you live in another province, you can register at a local hospital that has your medical records on file.
After being injected with the vaccine, patients must wait for 30 minutes to monitor side effects before leaving the vaccination centre. Natapanu says that a healthcare worker will make phone calls to follow up with patients 7 and 14 days after inoculation. He says health care workers are looking out for any adverse events that follow the immunisation.
With some reports of people dying sometime after being injected with the vaccine, Natapanu says there are coincidental events with people who have underlying health conditions such as heart disease. Medical examiners have a standard autopsy process and are working to distinguish between adverse events and coincidental events after receiving a vaccine.
Of 28 cases where people died after receiving the vaccine, 12 deaths are not directly related to the vaccine and the other 16 cases are still under investigation, according to the Department of Disease Control.
The patient must wait 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor side effects before leaving the vaccination center. Natapanu explains that a healthcare worker will call patients 7 and 14 days after inoculation to follow up. According to him, health care workers are looking out for any adverse reactions following immunization.
Some people have died after being injected with the vaccine, but Natapanu says there are coincidental events with people who have underlying health conditions such as heart conditions. After receiving a vaccine, medical examiners can differentiate between adverse reactions to the vaccine and coincidental events.
The Department of Disease Control reports that out of 28 cases where people have died after receiving the vaccine, 12 deaths are not directly linked to the vaccine and 16 cases are under investigation.